Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Portsmouth price still stalling deal

The UAE-based business group hoping to buy the English Premier League team say they are doing all they can to push the deal through.

The UAE-based business group hoping to buy English Premier League team Portsmouth say they are doing all they can to push the deal through but still have to get over the hurdle of agreeing a price for the club. Sulaiman al Fahim, the Abu Dhabi businessman who is leading the takeover bid, was yesterday reported to have agreed a figure with the owners and was just waiting for confirmation from the Football Association that he has passed the fit-and-proper persons test.

However, Ivo Ilic Gabara, Fahim's spokesman, refuted reports of the takeover being completed by July 24, saying that "both parties are working extremely hard to make this happen as soon as possible. No date has yet been set for the takeover and no price has been set". He added: "We don't have and cannot give any information regarding the details of the takeover because it is not yet official. "In terms of manager and players we cannot say anything as we don't own the club yet."

According to Mr Gabara, the group have made the final commercial assessment of the club following the completion of due diligence and is waiting to take the next step. When Fahim's Portsmouth bid was first made public, the club's chairman in-waiting divulged plans to extend 20,000-seat Fratton Park's capacity by a third and also recruit at least one Emirati player to their ranks. "I am looking to buy one UAE player for the team, although our main focus will be on the English players. The team havesome good talent," he said at the time.

With UAE star Ismail Matar under contract to Abu Dhabi side Al Wahda, Al Ahli striker Ahmed Khalil - the 2009 AFC Young Player of the Year who shone as UAE Under 19 side won the U19 Asian Cup - is rumoured to be on Al Fahim's radar. sports@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Glenn Maxwell's knock that followed ensured Brendon McCullum's knock went in vain after his explosive half-century took Chennai Super Kings past the 200-mark. Ravindranath K / The National

All is well with Punjab as Maxwell and Miller seal win against Chennai

The Australian missed out on a century but his 95 runs, along with Miller's unbeaten half-century, ensured Kings XI scaled a mighty peak of a target in a hot first game of Abu Dhabi's double-header.

 Sunderland manager Gus Poyet protests during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northeast England, on March 15, 2014. Ian MacNicol / AFP

Sunderland going out of Premier League with a grumble

Northeast club have underwhelmed during seven-year stay in the top flight

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 At 105 kg, Gabrielle Garcia has dominated the world circuit and loves many things about being in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Garcia seeks fresh challenge in MMA after her jiu-jitsu domination

Brazilian prides being a lioness in the sport but feels she can shed 25kg weight to pursue her MMA debut aspirations.

 England's Jonathan Trott hits out during the ICC Champions Trophy semi final match against South Africa at The Oval cricket ground, London June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown

England’s Jonathan Trott sidelined with stress-related illness again

Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from professional cricket because of his stress-related illness as England and Wales Cricket Board and Warwickshire confirmed he will stop playing with immediate effect.

 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on April 13, 2014 in Swansea, Wales. Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

‘That’s why we are a top club’ says Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Jose Mourinho’s men will temporarily claim the Premier League top spot if they beat Sunderland, leaving them in control of their own destiny in the title race ahead of a crucial trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on April 27.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National