By Dr Dan Plumley

27th Jun, 2022 | 3:32pm

Finance guru: '£12m' Sunderland deal complete after official announcement

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus and Juan Sartori likely paid up to £12million as part of the deal to acquire an extra 20 per cent of Sunderland.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the recent changes behind the scenes at the Stadium of Light.

Louis-Dreyfus and Sartori until recently owned 41 per cent and 20 per cent stakes respectively.

But as confirmed by Sunderland last Wednesday (22 June) the pair have each increased their equity by 10 per cent with purchases from Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven.

The landmark deal gives Louis-Dreyfus majority control of the Black Cats almost 18 months after he first invested in the club.

No official figures were released as part of the announcement but the deal is likely to have been worth eight figures, insists Plumley.

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“It isn’t an exact science but there are some realistic figures we can presume,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“With the work we’ve done on club valuation, Sunderland are probably worth somewhere between £50m and £60m.

“It’s a crude metric, but if we take 20 per cent, you get somewhere between £10m and £12m as the price that will have been paid. It’s impossible to know for sure but I think that’s realistic.”

Sunderland have also confirmed that there will be no further investment in the club from third parties in the immediate future.

Cryptocurrency firm The Fans Together have duly announced that they have abandoned their attempts to invest in the Black Cats.

In other news, Preston North End, Huddersfield Town and Sunderland in race to sign Ravel Morrison.