Serbian TV tycoon takes over Southampton FC in £100m deal

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Serbian TV tycoon takes over Southampton FC in £100m deal

A Serbian-born TV tycoon is funding the takeover of Southampton FC.

Serbian-born TV tycoon Dragan Solak, who funded the United Group of TV and telecoms assets, is funding the takeover of Southampton FC in a £100m deal.

According to Sky News, Solak, who is the founder of United Group, has invested part of his fortune in a controlling stake in the Saints, who currently sit at 14th in the table.

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It is understood that Solak will be behind a new holding company that will take on the strategy employed by Manchester City owners which will examine offers for other international league clubs.

Former Brentford co-director of football Rasmus Ankersen and London-based investor Henrik Kraft are also involved in the deal, following the club seeking new ownership for months.

The new deal will mean an end to Chinese businessman Gao Jisheng’s majority ownership of the club, after buying an 80 per cent stake in 2017.


This will be the second top-flight club takeover in just a month after West Ham United was recently sold to Czech tycoon Daniel Kretinsky in a deal worth more than £700m.

It is also the first to have been approved by the Premier League after a government-commissioned report by Tracey Crouch, the former sports minister, called for tougher scrutiny of club takeovers.


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Laura is from a small seaside town in North Wales and has also lived in Liverpool and Manchester, where she studied English Literature and worked in social media and marketing. Laura moved to the city of Zaragoza last August to teach English, but after missing the coast she decided to move to beautiful Nerja to enjoy the sun and sea. Laura has a passion for animals, films, outdoor activities, writing and the environment.

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