Sources: Everton in advanced talks over 20 per cent sale as boardroom shake-up imminent
MSP Sports Capital are in advanced talks to buy a 20 per cent stake in Everton, sources have told Football Insider.
The New York-headquartered private equity company are asking for board representation in exchange for their investment.
However, there has been no concrete decision made on what the Toffees’ roll call of directors might look like after the would-be deal is complete.
Farhad Moshiri, who currently owns 94 per cent of the club, will remain majority owner and bring in the investment needed to see the construction of their new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock through to completion.
The project was originally slated to come in at approximately £500m, but Moshiri recently revealed that the real figure is in fact closer to £760m.
MSP grandee Jahm Najafi and his co-investors attended the Toffees’ 1-2 defeat to Southampton shortly after their interest in the club was first reported in January.
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Multiple sources have corroborated claims that the Iranian-American businessman has a net worth of over £3.5bn.
The company has also been linked with a £3.1bn full takeover of Tottenham in recent weeks.
But while it is understood that the interest in Spurs was genuine, it now appears that the group have pivoted firmly towards Everton.
MSP already have stakes in clubs from Germany, Spain, Portugal and Belgium – and multi-club ownership is in vogue in European football.
Miami-based firm 777 Partners, who also own several clubs throughout the world, were previously linked with a deal to acquire a stake in Everton.
The partial takeover would come at a turbulent time for the Merseysiders, with the club 18th in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s (5 March) trip to Nottingham Forest.
There have been green shoots under new manager Sean Dyche, who has overseen victories over Arsenal and Leeds United in his first five matches at the helm.
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