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Farhad Moshiri considers breaking off 777’s Everton takeover

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Everton’s owner met with 777 representatives this week, and a settlement is expected within the next few days.

Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s owner, is contemplating options to 777 Partners following meetings with the problematic investment group in London this week, I understand.

Moshiri agreed to sell his majority, 94.1 percent ownership in Everton to the Miami group in September and has often expressed his confidence in the transaction.

However, the group’s escalating woes, particularly a slew of financial issues at Standard Liege, the Belgian top-flight team it owns, have prompted Moshiri to reconsider the proposed merger.

Everton’s owner met with representatives from the group in London this week to seek clarity about the contract, and a resolution to the matter is expected in the coming days.

I reported this week that sources thought the agreement was starting to “unravel,” and it appears that Moshiri shares those concerns.

777 has been unable to meet the Premier League’s requirements to accept the takeover, and they have faced a series of setbacks over the previous seven days, raising serious concerns about their capacity to fund the deal and then Everton.

They have financed the club more than £200 million to support day-to-day operating costs, complicating any decision to terminate the deal, but it is known that Moshiri is willing to explore other options.

As I revealed on Tuesday, there are “credible” alternative investors, including some willing to cooperate with MSP Sports Capital, who are owed a portion of a £158 million loan put out to finance for construction on the club’s new stadium at Bramley Moore Docks.

News of potentially significant developments in the takeover comes as the club’s prominent Fan Advisory Board (FAB) joins calls for Moshiri to call off the 777 deal.

They followed the club’s shareholders association, which called the takeover a “farce”.

The FAB stated that the Premier League, 777, and Moshiri “must recognise their roles” in tarnishing Everton’s reputation and outlined their requests for each party.

A statement read: “The FAB requests that Farhad Moshiri understand that the time has come for other bidders to be given the opportunity to acquire Everton Football Club.

“(Of) 777: recognise that your inability to bring the funding necessary to consummate the original deal and the growing reputational damage you are incurring with lawsuit after lawsuit makes you unsuitable owners of Everton and the Premier League – recognise that it is time for you to live up to your responsibilities (as defined by the Owners and Directors Test in your own rule book) by rejecting 777 Partners in order to allow discussions with more suitable owners of our great club.”

 

 

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