In recent times, French mavericks Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have become one of the biggest football clubs in Europe.
They have won numerous trophies within France – including five Ligue 1 titles in the last six seasons. In the ongoing season as well, they are surging far ahead of their opponents to claim the trophy ongoing again.
Some of the world’s biggest footballing names – Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria, Thiago Silva, Gianluigi Buffon – form a part of PSG’s current squad. Neymar’s and Mbappe’s signings broke several transfer records as well, as we all know.
All of this success can be brought down to one single cause – the takeover of the club by the Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, in 2011.
Since QSI’s arrival, the club has spent millions in order to try and make themselves successful. Yes, they are yet to win Europe’s biggest event – the Champions League, but they are still considered one of the most formidable European sides, so it is fair to say that the investments have met with adequately fair results.
And, now it appears that the QSI want to meet similar success within England as well, as it has been reported that PSG’s owners are keen to but an English club.
As per the Telegraph, QSI are primarily interested in the prospect of buying a Championship side with adequate potential and fanbase, so as to develop them into title-challengers at a bigger league like the Premier League.
The agency further adds that clubs like Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers are the biggest targets for the French giants, as per local news reports.
This will not be the first time that lower-level clubs benefit from foreign investment, as we already have the example of sides like the Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are now within the top-seven of the Premier League charts, after years of playing in the Championships.