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Eight English football clubs with Chinese connections

October 15, 2016 12:44 PM (UTC+8)

Chinese interest in English football clubs has intensified in the past year. Here are some of the done and ongoing deals:

• Aston Villa: Dr Tony Xia’s Recon Group purchased a majority controlling stake for approximately £75 million from American Randy Lerner in June 2016. League: Championship

• Wolverhampton Wanderers: Guo Guangchang’s Fosun International, purchased a majority controlling stake for approximately £45 million from Steve Morgan (UK) in July 2016. League: Championship

• West Bromwich Albion: Lai Guochuan’s Yunyi Guokai (Shanghai) Sports Development purchased a majority controlling stake for approximately £150m million from Jeremy Peace in September 2016. League: Premiership

• Birmingham City FC: Paul Suen Cho-hung and Daniel Sue Ka-Lok, Trillion Trophy Asia, Hong Kong purchased a majority controlling stake for approximately £37 million from Carson Yeung’s Birmingham International Holdings Limited (Hong Kong) in October 2016. League: Championship

• Manchester City: China Media Capital / CITIC Capital purchased a 13% stake for approximately £265m in December 2015 from Sheikh bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s Abu Dhabi United Group (UAE). League: Premiership

Ongoing:

• Liverpool: Everbright China reportedly attempted to purchase a majority controlling stake, offering approximately £1 billion in December 2015 to Tom Werner’s Fenway Sports Group (USA) in September 2016. League: Premiership

• Leeds: Italian Riccardo Silva’s Chinese company Baofeng Sport International, reportedly preparing a bid to buy a majority controlling stake for an undisclosed sum in October 2016 from Massimo Cellino’s Eleonora Sport Ltd (Italy). League: Championship

• Hull City: Chien Lee’s NewCity Capital, with interests in China and the US, reportedly preparing a bid for a majority controlling stake for an undisclosed sum in October 2016 from Assem and Ehab Allam’s Allam Marine (Egypt and UK). League: Premiership

Sources: BBC, Birmingham Mail, Hull Daily Mail, Yorkshire Post

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