Left LOSC in December 2020, Gérard Lopez would like to buy the English club Southampton. According to information from France Football, the businessman contacted the current owner of the Saints.
Gérard Lopez may not take long to bounce back into football. After selling Lille to a Luxembourg investment fund last December, the 49-year-old businessman could well launch an assault on the Premier League.
The magazine France Football reveals this Tuesday its ambition to buy the club of Southampton, currently fifteenth in the English championship and not yet officially maintained in the elite.
125 million euros to get started in the Premier League?
The former owner of LOSC is said to be ready to offer 125 million euros to Gao Jisheng, a Chinese property developer who currently owns Southampton but has been looking for a buyer for several months. Problem, the proposal of Gérard Lopez would remain for the moment too far from the expectations of the boss of the Saints.
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Owner of the club since the purchase of 80% of the club from the Liebherr family, the Chinese leader had spent nearly 250 million euros to afford it in 2017. After having hoped to resell the whole for nearly 300 million euros euros, Gao Jisheng would like to at least recover an amount equivalent to that invested. But the impact of the health crisis and the consequences on his finances could push him to accept a lower offer.
A good workforce but financial losses
The purchase of Southampton at a reduced price would be a nice blow for Gérard Lopez. Owner of its 32,000-seat stadium, St Mary’s Stadium, the English club has a relatively young workforce (around 26 years old on average) and with some promising players such as the former Brestois Ibrahima Diallo, the Ghanaian Mohammed Salisu or the British James Ward-Prowse, Danny Ings and Che Adams.
A group sufficient for Gérard Lopez to launch a model similar to that set up in Lille between 2017 and 2020. Two caveats come a little harming the plans of the Spanish-Luxembourg businessman.
On the one hand, the Southampton training center does not release as many nuggets as in the past (Théo Walcott, Gareth Bale or even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw). On the other hand, the Saints fail to make any financial profit despite nine consecutive years in the Premier League. Not sure that this is enough to curb the ardor of Gérard Lopez who seems determined to live a new adventure in football.