FA Receive Offer Worth £800 Million To Sell Wembley

All the years trying to build Wembley, going massively over budget and all the problems with the pitch, travel and having too many matches there and the FA could actually be about to sell the national stadium.

Wembley stadium has had its fair share of controversies ever since the old place was shut down and demolished in return for the 'new Wembley' that has been in action since it opened its doors in 2007.

Now, according to the Daily Mail and numerous other sources, the FA have received an offer for the national stadium which would boil down to £500 million for the stadium with the FA holding the rights for Club Wembley worth £300 million.

The bid is reported to have come from Shahid Khan. Khan is the owner of Fulham FC but it his NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars who would be the new incumbents of the home of English football should the governing body decide to sell.

Fulham owner Khan could soon own Wembley stadium. Image: PA Images
Fulham owner Khan could soon own Wembley stadium. Image: PA Images

That could mean that American Football has a new home in England with the franchise having their home games moved to London, as long as the NFL accepted the move of course.

Wembley then would be out of use for England between September and December, when the NFL season takes place, meaning the Three Lions home games between those months would go on the road.

England played football outside of Wembley when the old stadium was shut and the new one was being built. Manchester United's Old Trafford was the main home but places such as Villa Park, St George's Park, Stadium of Light and St Mary's Stadium held games.

Gazza's ultimate England XI were all at home at Wembley:

It would mean that the Football League play-offs, rugby league's Challenge Cup and the FA Cup could still play their finals at the stadium, and the FA Cup semi finals could all still remain there too.

The Jaguars are already set to play one game a season at Wembley for the foreseeable future but moving the entire franchise to England would mean the first NFL team outside of north America and would also cast some big questions.

Jaguars arrive on the pitch at Wembley, it could soon be their permanent home. Image: PA Images
Jaguars arrive on the pitch at Wembley, it could soon be their permanent home. Image: PA Images

Spurs new ground is meant to be holding two NFL games a year but if Jacksonville, who would presumably become the London Jaguars, moved all their games to the English capital then there would be serious questions about saturation.

Chelsea are also hoping to move into Wembley for a couple of seasons when work on their new ground begins and there would be new questions raised about that possibility.

There are still a lot of questions to be answered but Wembley may soon no longer belong to the FA.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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