Al-Khelaifi ‘meets Levy as PSG’s QSI owners look to invest in a PL club’

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PSG president and chairman of Qatar Sports Investments Nasser Al-Khelaifi met with Daniel Levy, with the French side’s owners looking to invest in a Premier League side.

Al-Khelaifi met with the Tottenham executive chairman at a London hotel last week as the Qatari group seek to change their ownership approach in part of an ambitious strategic shift in 2023, according to Sky.

Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are both looking for external buyers or investors.

As well as his role at PSG, Al-Khelaifi is the president of the European Club association, with Levy a member of the executive board.

While many of Europe’s biggest football sides are part of elaborate multi-ownership networks across the globe, QSI have interest in only two teams.

In fact, over 300 of the world’s football clubs are part of such multi-club ownership groups.

The City Football Group, for example, owns stakes in Manchester City, from which it derives its name, as well as New York City FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F. Marinos, Girona and Mumbai City FC as well as several others.

However, aside from PSG, QSI’s only other stake lies in Portuguese side Braga, who often struggle to break the dominant triumvirate of Lisbon sides Sporting and Benfica and Porto.

However it is not thought that QSI’s sights are solely set on the Premier League, with the group looking at investment opportunities across the world.

It had been speculated that the passing of the Qatar World Cup last December would signal a retracting in QSI’s interests in external investments, but it would appear that the opposite is now true.

The owners of both United and their bitter rivals Liverpool are known to be on the look-out for outside investment or potential buyers.

United’s Glazer family put the club up for sale in November, while Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners did so earlier in the same month.

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