Southampton Football Club has announced the formal conclusion of talks which will see Chinese businessman Mr Jisheng Gao take a stake in the Premier League club.
In a letter to fans issued on Monday afternoon, Southampton owner, Katharina Liebherr announced the a deal had been reached.
The letter read: “I am pleased to confirm that talks to bring in a new partner to our club have been concluded.
Following extensive and fruitful work, we are entering into a partnership with the Gao family and I am excited about what we will achieve together.
Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter for our club. Mr Jisheng Gao and his daughter, Mrs Nelly Gao, with whom I have built a close relationship, share our values and ambitions. As a team, we will strive to build upon the strong foundation that is in place towards sustainable long-term success.
Mr Gao, Nelly and I have full trust in Ralph Krueger and his management team. We wholeheartedly support their plans to follow the Southampton Way in the years ahead.
But for now it is business as usual at Southampton Football Club and we must allow everyone at the club to focus on the first few weeks of the new season.
I would like to thank the passionate supporters of the club for their ongoing loyalty and faith, and I look forward to seeing you soon at St Mary’s.
We March On.”
Mr Gao’s Lander Sports Development company launched a £210m bid to buy Southampton earlier this year, a move that was apparently blocked by the Premier League.
In the statement Mr Jisheng Gao, said: “I am honoured and humbled to become a partner of Southampton Football Club alongside Katharina Liebherr, who, together with her father, has been such a great steward of the club, its growth and success.
“Together, we have the passion and motivation to build on Southampton’s excellent progress in recent years as we look forward to an exciting next chapter for the club.”
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