By Kieran Maguire

12th Dec, 2021 | 4:54pm

Kieran Maguire: Aston Villa 'thinking outside the box' as Edens and Sawiris near mega-money deal

Aston Villa stand to benefit from Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris buying a Major League Soccer franchise in Las Vegas, according to Kieran Maguire.

The football finance expert, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said a multi-club ownership model could help the Midlands club circumnavigate the difficulties of acquiring young talent in the post-Brexit world.

According to Sports Business (7 December), Edens and Sawiris are ‘closing in’ on a new MLS franchise in Las Vegas.

It comes after the Villa owners changed the name of the parent company that owns the Premier League club to V Sports.

Chief executive Christian Purslow told club media (27 November) that the change was made to put Villa at the heart of an international talent development and recruitment model.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if Edens and Sawiris’ prospective investment in the MLS is part of this, Maguire said: “Yes, it is.”

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“What we have seen in the post-Brexit world is that it is now far more difficult to recruit players at the age of 16 and 17 from the European market. It is also more difficult for a club such as Villa to identify a talented player who perhaps has not broken into his national side.

“Therefore, you have to think outside the box. The MCO, the multi-club ownership model which we have seen employed elsewhere, does appear to be a way of going forwards.

“Also, from an investment point of view, the biggest risk in football is relegation this side of the Atlantic. By going into an MLS, you have guaranteed revenue because there is no relegation. That helps to reduce risk in the overall projects.”

In other news, a finance guru has hit out at ‘scared’ Premier League clubs backing Aston Villa and Leeds after Friday update.