Qatar Holds Spurs Talks As It Pushes To Add Premier League Club To Portfolio – The head of Qatar’s sporting investment group met with Tottenham as part of Qatar’s aspirations to considerably expand its sporting portfolio following the World Cup. Last week, Nasser al-Khelaifi, chairman of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) and president of Paris Saint-Germain, met Daniel Levy, chairman of Tottenham, in London, according to sources close to him.
However, reports associating QSI with a potential move to Liverpool or Manchester United have been deemed inaccurate at this time. European club football regulations prohibit clubs with the same owner from competing in the same competition for grounds of integrity. Minority stakes are authorized, and QSI, the primary Qatari state investment entity in sports, is expected to take a number of them.
QSI currently owns Paris Saint-Germain, 22% of Braga, who are second in the Portuguese league, and has a large stake in padel tennis, a sport Khelaifi plays to a high standard. It is planning on an ambitious acquisition strategy in 2023, with a Premier League club its first priority. It is also understood that QSI believes that now is a good time to invest into the biggest domestic league in world football given the weak pound and in the aftermath of the perceived success of the World Cup.
Despite the fact that Spurs are QSI’s top priority, it is believed that at least two other consortiums are also interested in obtaining a stake in the club, which has hundreds of millions of pounds in debts following the construction of their new stadium. However, Spurs have been contacted for comment.