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Qatar's uber-rich royal family are planning to purchase a Premier League club following their World Cup 2022 upset, Goal.com UK can reveal.

 

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The Arab state's ruling Al Thani family, armed with in excess of £40 billion worth of assets, have discussed potential takeover targets including Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham as part of their plans to market the oil-rich nation to the global football audience.

 

Football-loving Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has made it known to senior associates in Qatar's sovereign wealth fund that the acquisition of a Premier League club would be an ideal platform to market the first ever World Cup in the Middle East.

 

A source close to the discussions told Goal.com UK: "After being awarded the World Cup, the Qataris want to maximise exposure by investing in a Premier League club.

 

"No firm plan of action has been put in place yet, but names that have come up include Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton - all of which they deem to be big enough for such an investment."

 

 

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Spurs are viewed as attractive as they are already a competitive side and their profile has increased this season due to their involvement in the Champions League.

 

The Londoners would be the most expensive option but they already have contact with the Qataris after sounding them out last year over the possibility of purchasing the naming rights for the club's new stadium through the state-owned Qatar Airways.

 

But with a controversial yet potentially lucrative move to the Olympic Stadium in the offing, a takeover offer may not be far off.

 

Tottenham MP David Lammy told Goal.com UK last month that he believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants to move the club to the 2012 Olympics site so he can sell to a Russian or Middle East consortium for a higher price.

 

He said: “It is Daniel’s intention to sell. That’s what is going around the rumour mill – that Tottenham will be sold to a Russian or Middle East consortium - and has been for some time.

 

“For him, it’s all about selling the club for the highest price. He would get a lot of money from the Olympic Stadium when it is built. I put that to him and he blushed.”

 

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the nation's vast sovereign wealth fund, has previously shown interest in a £200m takeover of Everton, most recently in April 2009, and chairman Bill Kenwright is seeking fresh investment in the Goodison Park club.

 

Newcastle were put up for sale last year by owner Mike Ashley for £100m and could be seen as an attractive option as they already play in a 52,000-seater stadium and therefore funds could be ploughed straight into creating a successful team on the pitch.

 

All three clubs are believed to have the potential for substantial commercial growth as the Qataris prepare for a fascinating head-to-head with their Abu Dhabi neighbours, owners of Manchester City.

 

QIA paid £1.5bn to Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed to buy Harrods in May this year, although there are no indications that the West Londoners are a potential target.

 

Qatar was controversially selected by the 22-man Fifa executive committee last week as the host state for the World Cup in 2022, despite being graded as ‘high risk’ because of the desert heat and lack of infrastructure, while it has been criticised for its poor human rights record.

 

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has sanctioned estimated expenditure of around $50 billion (£32bn) on hosting the World Cup but that money is not seen as an obstacle to investing in English football.

 

The alternative option is to sponsor a major Premier League team and a bid for the naming rights at Tottenham’s next stadium would be the most likely option through Qatar Airways.

 

“We are expanding our routes to several destinations and we will be looking at opportunities as a result of the World Cup in 2022,” a Qatar Airways spokesperson told Goal.com UK.

 

“At this stage, it is far too soon for us to have decided on a strategy for sponsorship or marketing.”

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Hopefully there is some truth behind it. We deserve out big break so to speak with amount of shit we've put up with since MA has been incharge. Also i could do with a decent holiday, so hopefully they take us over and we have a nice tourny in Qatar lol!

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Sounds good. Leazes in particular will be delighted to get shot of Ashley. ;)

 

Doubt he'd be happy with this lot buying us though, they sound as if they've got a plan <_< Out of the frying pan into the fire

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Even if it's true no doubt Ashley will price them out of it just like he did with the man city lot fat fucking mess

For what it's worth though I think it's adding 2+2 and making 5 tbh I refuse to ever get my hopes up until he's gone for 100% certain.

Edited by Barton7

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you know what will happen it will be eather spurs or everton that will get it newcastle wont have a look in cause ashley will refuse to sell

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Someone get that picture of that black fella on the phone mimicking someone representing your rich, long-lost, recently deceased relative from Nigeria posted up. ;)

"Hello my Friend!!!

I am a professional sportsman, no really!"

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Ironically, just got this in my spambox!

My dear,

First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Miss Molly Tiffany, I'm from England, United Kingdom. I'm working as a marketing consultant/supplier with some animal Farm Companies here in England. I'm specifically into buying and supplying of   Immunology products..................... I normally travel to Malaysia where I purchase this product and supply to our company here in UK.

The name of the product is Oxytocine Bx35. The Oxytocine is a Vaccine medicine used for treating animals, such as Horses, Cattle, Cows, Dogs and etc. There has been a high level of demand in our company for the product. The board of directors normally send me to Malaysia to purchase the Vaccine. The medicine is very cheap in Malaysia compared to U.S and Europe, in U.S. and Europe, per carton of the product cost $5,000 to $6,500 while in Malaysia I only buy it for $2600.. (all prices are quoted in US Dollars).

I was suppose to go to Malaysia again this month, but due to my health condition I can't make it. I'm presently hospitalized due to a car accident. Now the board of Directors want to appoint a new staff as the purchasing manager to go over to Malaysia and purchase the product. They have asked me to give them the contacts of the supplier, but I don't want to disclose to our company the direct contacts of the supplier, because I don't want them to find out the real cost of the product. I normally purchase the products from the Malaysian supplier at the rate of $2600 per carton, while I supply to our company at the rate of $5600 per carton.

I'm contacting you because I am looking for a dependable individual that I can trust, someone who will be willing and honest enough to carry out this transaction with diligence to the best of his/her ability. Our company normally place order from a minimum of 50 cartons to a maximum of 100 cartons in every purchase. and it's every one or two months supply depending on the demand here in UK........

Please If this business proposition offends your moral and ethic values, do accept my sincere apology and ignore it. But If you are interested please contact me so that I can inform you on what next to do.

 

Best Regard,

Molly Tiffany Dave.

 

 

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Why yes

 

My dear!

Good, you should transfer the money you're getting off that elderly Nigerian straight onto her.

 

I'm not buying into this Qatar stuff either btw if they buy someone it looks like it'll be a London club same as Abramovic it was only London clubs for him in all tbh

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