Report: Spurs are dealt Qatari Sports Investment blow as they decide to focus elsewhere

Any potential investment in Tottenham Hotspur from the Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain has cooled after they have instead set their sights elsewhere, according to the Evening Standard.

The report claims that Qatari Sports Investments are instead looking to put their money towards minority stakes in three separate clubs in different countries.

Sampdoria who were relegated from Serie A this season, La Liga’s Malaga and Brazilian outfit Santos are the three clubs who are currently the focus of QSI, who are headed up by Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Exploratory talks are understood to have taken place between Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and Al-Khelaifi in London during January of this year over a potential minority stake in the north Londoners, but have now set their sights elsewhere.

Tottenham have continued to deny the fact a meeting between the pair took place and insist the club is not for sale.

European club football rules forbid teams with the same owner from taking part in the same competition for integrity reasons. However, minority stakes are permitted and a series of them are considered to be on the cards for QSI, the main Qatari state investment vehicle in sports.

QSI current own Ligue 1 giants PSG and 22% of Portuguese side Braga.

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Sky Sports‘ chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol said back in January: “The president of PSG who also runs QSI had a meeting with Daniel Levy, the executive chairman of Tottenham. Now in our story I think we were careful to say that the meeting wasn’t necessarily about the Qataris investing in Spurs.

“Daniel Levy and Nasser Al-Khelaifi meet each other regularly because they are both involved in the European Club Association. Nasser is the chairman and since 2021 Daniel Levy has been an executive board member.

“So it is not out of the ordinary for those two men to meet each other. As far as Spurs are concerned the meeting between them was not about the Qataris investing in Spurs or acquiring a stake in Spurs.

“What we do know is that the Qataris are very interested in investing in a Premier League club. At the moment quite unusually some of the biggest clubs are not necessarily available for sale but available to be invested in if you have the money to do so.”

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This comes as another blow to Tottenham fans who have become fed up with the current ownership, however, it is important to stress that this was only proposed to be a minority investment rather than a fully blown takeover of the club.

Tottenham are hardly the most attractive prospect for a takeover at the moment with a lack of European football likely to have devalued the lure of an investment, while the club are also yet to sell the naming rights of the stadium four years after opening the billion pound venue.

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