PSG owners want to buy another European team and have held talks with Spurs
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Paris Saint-Germain's owners want to buy another European club and have their eyes firmly on the Premier League.
Ben Jacobs of CBS is reporting that the club's top brass, Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), are "ramping up efforts" for another team to invest in.
They are in dialogue with a number of Premier League clubs, most notably Tottenham Hotspur. It's said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chairman and CEO, held an "exploratory meeting" with Spurs chief Daniel Levy in London last week.
QSI having purchased PSG back in 2011 and have completely transformed their fortunes, lifting eight of the last ten Ligue One titles in an utterly dominant period in French football.
They've since acquired a 26 per cent stake in Portuguese side Braga and have been linked with both Roma and Espanyol in Italy and Spain respectively.
It is very early stages, and initial talks, which took place in London a few days ago, are just the start of QSI assessing all options and clubs. But they are expected to make ambitious multi-club investments in 2023. There have been no talks with Liverpool.— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) January 8, 2023
It's claimed QSI, who own beIN Media, are actively looking to step up their expansion with minority club investments. Europe is a priority region, while there is also strong interest to become involved with a South American club.
They appear to be following the model adopted by Manchester City's owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group. They've overseen monumental success with City since completing a takeover in 2008 but in recent years have created the City Football Group and expanded globally.
In July, they completed an £11.2 million takeover of Italian side Palermo, who became the 12th club to be under the CFG umbrella.
They also have Troyes (France), Girona (Spain), Melbourne City (Australia), Lommel (Belgium), Montevideo City Torque (Uruguay), New York City (United States), Mumbai City (India), Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan), Sichuan Jiuniu (China) and Club Bolivar (Bolivia).
However, issues can arise if two clubs who share owners compete in the same European competition as UEFA rules state that no two clubs or more participating may be directly or indirectly controlled by the same entity.
RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg are both able to participate as there is not deemed to be a "decisive influence" over more than one club.