Current Chinese club owners are "caught between a rock and a hard place" after accumulating losses of more than €500 million since 2016

5 May 2021

JishengGao
Photo: Alamy Clubs such as Inter Milan, Southampton and Wolves have sustained operating losses of almost €1 billion combined since 2016.

An analysis reveals English clubs have by far been the most expensive investment for Chinese investors in recent years.

Clubs such as Inter Milan, Southampton and Wolves have sustained operating losses of almost €1 billion combined.

Political expert says owners are now in a position where they are unlikely to invest further but at the same time will struggle to offload their assets.

Emil Gjerding Nielson and Joseph Mailil, analyst nielson@offthepitch.com

After an 11-year wait Inter Milan finally secured the Serie A title on Sunday, representing the first trophy under Chinese majority shareholder Suning. 

Steady form throughout the season coupled with rivals' slump in form were key to the club's success, but the all-encompassing driver was in no doubt the investment made by the conglomerate since it acquired a nearly 70 per cent stake in 2016 for the reported price of around €270 million.

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