Lack of big acquisitions during last season shows clubs owners are confident in the value of their assets

15 June 2021

Photo: Alamy The biggest club takeover the past year has been The Friedkin Groups purchase og AS Roma. Pictured is Ryan Friedkin (left) and his father Dan Friedkin (Right) attending the Europa League quarter-final against Ajax Amsterdam.

It has been evident since the outbreak of Covid-19 that owners of highly valuable, scarce assets in football are unwilling to sell for pennies on the dollar.

Investor appetite is great but deals often get stuck due to misalignment of expectations between buyer and seller.

Experts differ on amount of activity moving forward. Some expect multi-club ownership and hard-hit finances to drive interest for lower tier clubs.

Advisor recently advertised several clubs in the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal for sale.

Emil Gjerding Nielson

Successful Dutch club with an international track record. Strong management with international ambitions. Pick up a 50 per cent stake for €100 million - with the entirety of the investment going towards club development.

As such read a recent advertisement that went out via email to select so-called "sports partners" from an advisor holding exclusive off-market mandates for select European clubs from Spain to France, Portugal and the Netherlands.

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