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ANOTHER RUSSIAN VENTURES INTO ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP AS BILLIONAIRE, ALISHER USMANOV TARGETS EVERTON

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With Russia’s Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich owning hugely followed Premiership side, Chelsea, another Russian billionaire, Alisher Usmanov has indicated interest to invest in Everton FC.

According to a Financial Times reports, if Usmanov dreams come true, he will be joining his friend and business partner Farhad Moshiri who is Everton’s majority shareholder.

The Russian who sold a 30 per cent stake in Arsenal to American rival Stan Kroenke in August 2018, said that he was exploring various means of investment to further his involvement at Everton.

The Russian tycoon’s holding company USM have sponsored Everton’s Finch Farm training ground since 2017 but Usmanov said he was also interested in the naming rights of their proposed new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium.

 

“It’s not obligatory for me to participate myself. I could sponsor them. I could be a shareholder,” Usmanov was quoted as saying by the Financial Times.

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“They’re going to build a new stadium. Why not the USM Arena?”

Everton, who sacked Marco Silva as manager and appointed Carlo Ancelotti last month, are 11th in the league with 25 points from 21 games.

 

 

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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