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Three ways Chinese investors can still buy European football clubs

Following the most recent Chinese takeover of a European club, Part 1 took a look at what Southampton fans can expect from their new owner. Part 2, below, will analyze what the latest policy moves from Beijing mean for the future of Chinese investment in football – and why future deals may or may not happen.

Reading the impulsive press headlines over the past few weeks, it would be easy to conclude that Gao Jisheng‘s purchase of an 80% stake in Southampton FC could just be the last Chinese takeover for a while.

  • China clamps down on buying spree in sports (CNN)
  • China to limit overseas investments in…sports (AP)
  • So now it’s official: The brakes are on when it comes to Chinese investment in…sports (Variety)
  • China’s soccer-team buying spree could be over (Globe & Mail)

Bad news, right? The reality, however, is somewhat less clear.

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Explained: What’s behind Chinese takeovers of football clubs

I spoke to Sky Sports reporter Johnny Phillips last week for a piece he did on the increasing amount of Chinese investment directed at English football clubs in recent weeks. Editors being as they are, only a few selected highlights appeared in the finished article, but we covered a lot of ground, so here is an uncut version (completed shortly before the Wolves deal – the latest of the Chinese takeovers – was announced), touching on why rumours spread so quickly, West Brom’s possible owner and his plans for world domination, Sven spouting nonsense and why Wolves fans are probably sleeping better than Villa ones at the moment.

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