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Details emerge as Qatari Sports Investments prepare for minority investment in Paris Saint-Germain

A €4bn valuation of the French giants will see QSI earn a considerable return on the figure they originally paid to acquire PSG in 2011 when percentage shares are finally sold.


French giants Paris Saint-Germain looks set to acquire outside investment after owners Qatari Sports Investment have set the wheels in motion in the wake of interest from three outside firms looking to hold minority shares in the Ligue club.

As reported by CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, two US-based firms are among the three interested parties that are keen to sink their teeth partially into the pie at the Parc des Princes after three formal offers have been received by QSI.

The Qatari owners have been at the helm of the Parisian side since 2011 when their now paltry €70m, with PSG now reportedly valued by all three interested parties at €4bn.

According to Jacobs, QSI is prepared to part with at least 5% of their shares in the club, but that figure is not expected to go any higher than 15% as negotiations are said to be underway with specifics in any minority sale still on the table, with the three interested parties having made varied offers within those percentage ranges.

Figures given by Jacobs show that, should QSI allow up to 15% minority ownership, it would net the Doha-based shareholding organization €600m and constitute a profit of €530 on their initial investment into the club at the point of purchase over ten years ago.

It also stands to note that the addition of minority ownership into the club’s portfolio does not constitute QSI making initial steps to eventually pull away from the perennial Ligue 1 champions, but rather, add a long-term financial partner into the mix.

Jacobs also added in his report that, in the wake of QSI investing in Portuguese side Sporting Clube de Braga, another European-based club will be sought after to add to their own multi-club model next year; a trend that is taking hold in the upper echelons of the footballing world and one that is set to take hold at Chelsea in the wake of RB Leipzig and Manchester City setting the tone in that arena.

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Andrew Thompson

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