Farhad Moshiri in talks with European club owners MSP Sports Capital as he seeks Everton investment
Farhad Moshiri is in talks with US company MSP Sports Capital as he seeks fresh investment at Everton, according to Sky Sports News.
The broadcaster reported via their live transfer blog on Thursday (26 January, 10:12am) that after confirming he would welcome a new minority stakeholder at Goodison Park, he’s been in talks in recent days with MSP.
It is understood that talks were centred on “debt financing” with Moshiri looking for help to pay construction costs of the new Everton stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Sky Sports add that MSP’s investment could be anything up to 20 per cent.
Who are MSP?
MSP have a growing portfolio of football clubs they’ve invested in.
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They are sole owners of Spanish third-tier club Alcorcón, who are based in Madrid, while they’re also invested in Belgian side Waasland Beveren, Portuguese club Estoril Praia and German Bundesliga outfit Augsburg.
Outside of football, they also have shares in McLaren Racing.
Moshiri seems to be barking up the right tree here.
After the sanctioning of Russian-Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov, he needs to find a new way to fund the new Everton stadium.
On top of that, there’s the potential issue of relegation from the Premier League.
That could make talks with MSP difficult for Moshiri, who may need to wait until safety is secured before he can actually strike a deal with the US company.
But Everton are in dire straights as it stands and companies may be less willing to pump cash into the club – or look for a reduced deal – as a result of the club’s relegation worries.