Reports say the American billionaire is leading a group in exclusive talks to buy Premier League club Bournemouth.
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According to our partners in the UK at Sky SportsBournemouth’s current owner Maxim Demin is in “preliminary talks” with a group led by Bill Foley, who owns the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.
Foley, 77, is said to be behind the bid, which aims to gain 100% control of Bournemouth if the takeover is confirmed. The report also says negotiations have been underway since the summer and there is hope that the takeover will be completed by the time the Premier League breaks ahead of the 2022 World Cup in November.
If the deal goes through, Bournemouth would become the 10th current Premier League team that the Americans own or have a significant stake in.
What could this mean for Bournemouth?
With their return to the Premier League this summer after two seasons in the second tier of English football, it looks like the right time for Demin to cash in.
He bought a stake in Bournemouth in 2015 and helped fund their league promotion as they ended up spending five seasons in the Premier League under Eddie Howe before being relegated on the final day of the 2019-20 season.
Bournemouth manager Scott Parker was sacked last month for making outspoken comments against ownership and the way the club is run, but it is now clear that the lack of spending on new summer deals was due to Demin being close to selling the club.
BREAKING: AFC Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin is in early talks to sell the south coast club. It is our understanding that Bill Foley, owner of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team, is leading a takeover that will see the American take 100% of the club. pic.twitter.com/tl0mSrRure
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 16, 2022
This could mean Foley will come in and bring in a solid transfer budget to be used in January and beyond. With interim boss Gary O’Neill in charge for some time to come while this deal is closed, it will be intriguing to see where Bournemouth is heading.
Their home stadium, Vitality Stadium, has the smallest capacity (11,364) in the Premier League by some distance and Bournemouth have been looking to expand the stadium or move to a new stadium altogether for years.
The main thing that a potential new ownership will bring is a chance to re-assert the status of a Premier League club.
UEFA Nations League champions France will not be back-to-back and Portugal are lagging behind Spain in their drive to return to the throne room, highlighting the chances that a new Nations League winner will be crowned at the end of the third edition of the tournament. .
England, Wales and Poland were also eliminated and faced with the concept of promotion to the UEFA Nations League B with only two matches remaining in the group stage.
France are also at risk of not returning to League A, but could feel better after beating nearest rivals Austria on Thursday.
Group A4 is the opposite kind of struggle, Belgium and the Netherlands have played very well and could see the most points in League A play out in what could be the semi-finals on Sunday.
UEFA Nations Leagues B, C and D also have drama in recent days as Ukraine and Scotland battle for promotion to B1; Russia’s punishment left the B2 advance open to Israel, Iceland and Albania. In B4, Erling Haaland, Martin Odegaard and Norway are fighting for the right to join League A in the next cycle.
There is also drama as Kazakhstan and Georgia currently top their respective League C groups, while Latvia and Estonia are in the top spots in League D.
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UEFA Nations League A Group 1
Denmark – 3-0-1, 9 points
Croatia – 2-1-1, 7 points
Austria – 1-1-2, 4 points
France – 0-2-2, 2 points
France vs Austria
Croatia vs Denmark
Denmark vs. France
Austria vs Croatia
UEFA Nations League A Group 2
Spain – 2-2-0, 8 points
Portugal – 2-1-1, 7 points
Czech Republic – 1-1-2, 4 points
Switzerland – 1-0-3, 3 points
Czech Republic vs Portugal
Spain vs. Switzerland
Portugal vs. Spain
Switzerland vs Czech Republic
UEFA Nations League A Group 3
Hungary – 2-1-1, 7 points
Germany – 1-3-0, 6 points
Italy – 1-2-1, 5 points
England – 0-2-2, 2 points
Italy vs England
Germany vs Hungary
England vs Germany
Hungary vs. Italy
UEFA Nations League A Group 4
Netherlands – 3-1-0, 10 points
Belgium – 2-1-1, 7 points
Poland – 1-1-2, 4 points
Wales – 0-1-3, 1 point
Poland vs. the Netherlands
Belgium v Wales
Netherlands vs Belgium
Wales v Poland
Japan and USMNT will take on a key friendly in Dusseldorf, Germany on Friday (starting at 8:25 am ET) as both teams focus on final preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
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With just two months to go in Qatar, the USMNT has two final friendly matches (this game against Japan and then next Tuesday against Saudi Arabia) to get in shape, and it’s a game for Gregg Berhalter’s team.
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The USMNT will be happy with their chances of qualifying from their World Cup Group as they have England, Wales and Iran to be placed in Group B, while Japan are placed in Group E with Spain, Germany and Costa Rica. hard group.
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