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Sale rumours at Charlton

Following rumours that a sale of Charlton Athletic might be close, a statement from the club has said that it is not for sale 'at the present time' which does not mean that it could not be available next week.

Former Liverpool striker and football consultant Ronnie Rosenthal was reported to be advising an interested consortium and is said to have been shown round The Valley.

Win-win for Berlusconi

In August, after nearly three decades at the helm of A.C. Milan, Silvio Berlusconi announced that he had sold his 99.93 per cent stake in the club to a Chinese investment group called Sino Europe for €520m (about £450m).

According to the terms of the deal, Sino Europe made an immediate down payment of about £85m, the rest to be paid in December.   This down payment was non-refundable.

Progress on Carlisle mystery takeover bid

The 646-day takeover saga at Carlisle United may be nearing a conclusion.   Discussions with a mystery overseas businessman have been going on for the better part of two years, but have gone cold several times.  

However, the club are now close to deciding whether to conclude a deal.   Significant headway has been made in getting answers to outstanding questions.

Beijing club worth more than European giants

The top Beijing team, Beijing Guoan, has been sold to a local property developer at a $800m valuation, suggesting that it is worth more than European giants such as AC Milan and Atlético Madrid.

Sinobo Land is buying 64 per cent of the club from Citic, a state-owned investment group for Rmb3.6bn valuing it at Rmb5.6bn ($807m).  This would rank Beijing Guoan alongside the 15 most valuable clubs in Europe, according to KPMG estimates.

Chinese offer not big enough for Saints

The Chinese wave in English football has broken on the shores of the Solent, but Southampton FC consider that the offer they have been made is not big enough.   They are also annoyed that news of the bid was broken on the Shenzhen stock exchange that agreement had been reached in principle, breaching the confidentiality of talks.

Boro turn down Chinese bid

Middlesbrough FC owner Steve Gibson has rejected a £50m bid from a Chinese consortium to buy half of the club.  Gibson has no interest in selling the club he has owned since 1993 and to which he has devoted considerable sums of money.

£75m price tag on Charlton

An amazing £75m price tag has been put on Charlton by its eccentric Belgian owner, according to fanzine Voice of the Valley.  An article by fanzine editor Rick Everitt claims that the figure was given by chief executive Katrien Meire in a new year phone conversation with Austrian-based energy drinks Red Bull who have been looking for an English club to add to their portfolio of New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig.

Orient up for sale

The controversial owner of Leyton Orient, Frsncesco Becchetti, has said that he will consider offers for the club.  One has already been made and rejected.

Orient are in real danger of relegation from the Football League.   The move of West Ham to the London Stadium has casr a shadow across Orient.

A rather exreaordinary statement from the club's chief executive can be found here.

Americans won't give up on Forest

The US-based consortium interested in buying Nottingham Forest have said that they are going to persist with their efforts to acquire the club despite another setback.

They made a renewed effort to buy the club this week after they revealed they had lent the club funds to cover wages in November and December.  John Jay Moores and Charles Noell made an improved offer to buy 100 per cent of Forest from owner Fawaz-al-Hasawi.   However, the offer was rejected by the Kuwaiti businessman who took over in 2012.

Red Bull and Coventry rumours surface again

Rumours that energy drinks giant Red Bull might be interested in taking over troubled Coventry City have surfaced again.

These have to be regarded as highly speculative.   Without their own ground, Coventry City are not a very attractive investment.     Hedge fund Sisu have never shiown any sign of selling an investment they have managed badly.