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Although the rumors surrounding the sale of ASSE have been rather quiet for several months, everything could well accelerate in the coming days. And for good reason, the English press assures that the Greens have received a David Blitzer offer which could well include the Forez club in a major project.
Through an open letter published on April 14, 2021, Bernard Caiazzo and Roland Romeyer expressed their desire to sell theASSE. ” We want to open the door to the future. Thus, in order to ensure the continuity and development of our club, we have entrusted a reputable investment bank with the mission of selecting the best investor. “, they explained. Only, more than a year after this announcement, the Greens have still not been sold to another investor. However, several projects have been mentioned to buy theASSE like those of Norodom RavichakCambodian prince or the local project led by Olivier Markarian then Serge Buenopresident of the company Smart Good Things. Nevertheless, the project that seemed the closest to success was that carried out by Total Sports Investmenta Russian investment fund led by Roman Dubovwhich relied on the financial power of the Russian billionaire Sergei Lomakin986th richest in the world. Roman Dubovaccompanied by Michael Salgadosports director of the Russian fund, were even present at Geoffroy Guichard to witness the clash against the PSG last November. However, here too this project did not succeed since KPMG, the audit firm mandated to review the application files, did not respond. And for the past few weeks, it’s been dead calm.
ASSE at the heart of a project with several clubs?
It must be said that the sporting situation of theASSE is enough to cool investors who may be interested in buying the club. Indeed, the Greens are in 19th place in League 1 and with only one day left to go, they can’t hope for better than a play-off place currently occupied by the FC Metz. And yet, this does not seem to discourage everyone. Indeed, according to information from The Independent, David Blitzer submitted an offer to buy theASSE. The amount is not disclosed, but this American billionaire is no stranger to the sports world. Recently, he was particularly involved in the failed attempt to Sir Martin Broughton to redeem chelsea. This speaks to his ambition as he heads a burgeoning project comprising of different clubs. Co-owner of Crystal Palace, David Blitzer also owns, as sole owner or co-owner, the FC Augsburg in Germany, Teen Den Haag in the Netherlands and Waasland-Beveren in Belgium, through his company Bolt Football Holdingswho counts Jahm Majafi and Jeff Moorad on its board of directors. But that’s not all because David Blitzer is also involved in American sports. He is indeed a partner of Harris Blitzer Sports Entertainmentwhich holds stakes in the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, the philadelphia 76ers in the NBA and the hockey team New Jersey Devils. Therefore, it is a huge project that theASSE could join for the greatest happiness of Bernard Caiazzo who has been waiting for this proposal for a very long time. Roland Romeyer would also have a positive opinion on this offer. It now remains to be seen whether the discussions will speed up, and above all whether a relegation to League 2 may or may not have an impact on the progress of the negotiations…
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