Date:Tuesday January 26 2010
Word on the street for the past week or so has been that ANOTHER takeover at Pompey could be on the cards?
Late in the evening on Monday this talk reached boiling point...
As I was on my way to a Prodigy gig in Plymouth I got a text through asking if I knew anything about a possible Libyan investor/takeover and/or another potential Arabian investor - with it 'said' that the premier league were sounded out by journo's asking the premier league if 'fit and proper persons tests' were being explored, something not confirmed or denied.
After the gig, which was awesome by the way - if you have a chance to see The Prodigy I suggest you do it, I have been lucky enough to see them twice now! - I tried to dig around a bit more and it seems 'something is going on but all will be believed if/when it happens'...
Well, today the media is going into overdrive on this issue with Saadi Gaddafi 'thought' to be very much in the frame!
Saadi is the son of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi...
A 'Pompey source' apparently told The Mirror that a deal is '95% done' as Ali Al Faraj has finally admitted defeat with us and does not want to be known as the man that sees us go 'bankrupt' under his charge: 'Colonel Gaddafi's son Saadi first expressed an interest in taking over from Al Faraj at the end of last year.
'That has gathered pace since the Revenue issued their winding-up order and the deal is 95 per cent done.
'Al Faraj is keen to sell because he knows he cannot afford to finance the debts and does not want his reputation in the Middle East to suffer by presiding over a club that goes bankrupt.
'Saadi is a big football fan and loves the thought of owning a Premier League team.'
You could not write the script for Pompey these days could you?
A former owner with a father who has probably been responsible for God knows what due to his arms dealing, a playboy skint Arabian owner who thought it would be easy (even if he had the best intentions to be fair), another skint Arabian who is seeing us on the verge of extinction and now 'maybe' connections to a dictator who is shrouded with controversy and has a 'murky' past...
To be fair to Saadi Gaddafi he IS a footballing man!
He 'played' - not much though! - as a striker for Italian clubs, I remember this as well, and is a former Libyan international - maybe he could play up font! - with it also said that he is/was a shareholder in Juventus by all accounts.
The News has billionaire John Magnier 'Ireland's leading thoroughbred stud owner and has extensive business interests outside of the horse breeding industry,' with an estimated net wealth of €4 billion in 'the running' (pardon the pun) too?
As the saying goes, the plot thickens...
Oh, and regarding the transfer ban I was told last night that this 'should' be lifted today - then again this has been 'said/thought' before!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday January 26 2010
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