Venkys split over Blackburn sale to wealthy Qataris
Published 22:29 13/11/11 By MirrorFootball
Blackburn’s Indian owners are split over selling the club – with wealthy Qataris interested in buying.
The Venky’s family have the chance to get out and make a profit a year into their troubled Rovers reign, but sources in Pune claim they cannot agree.
Balaji Rao, the extrovert brother and ‘football brain’ in the group, is desperate not to sell Rovers despite the problems they have run into. And under their family rules all FOUR members must make joint decisions or a deal cannot happen.
Representatives of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamed Al-Thani have been teeing up a deal as they look for an English club to buy – and after missing out on Manchester United.
The new deal appeals because the Arabs thought the Lancashire club could be bought relatively cheaply while handing Venky’s a small profit. The Qataris are currently in India meeting chairman Anuradha Desai.
However, the deal is likely to fall through because flamboyant Balaji is hooked on the glamour of owning a football club.
News of the Qataris being interested in adding to their portfolio – they already have ties with Paris Saint-Germain, Malaga and Barcelona – has got clubs, deal-fixers and agents in overdrive.