Kieran Maguire: Farhad Moshiri may have held Everton investment talks with Sheikh Khalid
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri may have held investment talks with Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility that the chairman of the DarAlSharq Group could strike a financing agreement that would see him take a stake in the Toffees.
Moshiri is financing the bulk of the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium construction project but is seeking additional investment to see the 52,888-seater arena through to completion.
As relayed by the Liverpool ECHO last Sunday (11 December), the British-Iranian billionaire has been pictured meeting with Sheikh Khalid in his homeland of Qatar.
The party line is that Moshiri was in the gulf state to support Everton’s players at the World Cup, but supporters have questioned whether business was also discussed at the meeting.
Maguire claims that it is impossible to rule out that possibility.
“This is interesting,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know when it comes to business deals.
“Therefore, Moshiri being pictured with Seikh Khalid is indicative of the levels with which he networks and the type of discussions that take place.
“These discussions can be innocent or more business-oriented. These could involve either investment in the form of equity or debt or some form of a commercial arrangement between the DarAlSharq Group or other people connected to it.
“This is particularly relevant for Everton with the attraction of Bramley-Moore Dock going forwards.“
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