Qatar talks to Daniel Levy as he plans to invest after the World Cup

Qatar in talks with Daniel Levy as they plan post-World Cup investment - GETTY IMAGES

Qatar in talks with Daniel Levy as they plan post-World Cup investment – GETTY IMAGES

Qatar has signaled a potential interest in taking a stake in Tottenham Hotspur after the country’s most influential sporting boss met with Daniel Levy. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain, spoke with the executive chairman last week as the nation considers ambitious post-World Cup investments.

Sources close to Levy maintain that the pair only met as friends and there were no discussions “about club equality”. However, other insiders have suggested the topic may be raised as Qatar Sports Investments is considering the possibility of a new minority stake in the Premier League club.

An offer worth less than £1bn for a 25 per cent stake in Tottenham was being considered by industry insiders as an option, with Al-Khelaifi and Levy saying they were on good terms. Manchester United officials are also believed to have been testing strong interest in Qatar in recent months, but at this stage it is being suggested that Spurs would be a more likely prospect.

One source familiar with the situation said it was too early to say whether Qatar would now ask for formal talks with Tottenham. However, the insider added that European sport can expect “strategic acquisitions that will be quite bold” from QSI in the coming months.

“Within the Christmas and New Year period, there is pressure in the upper echelons to really try QSI,” the insider added. “The suggestion that Qatar will pack up and leave after the World Cup has always frustrated BeIN (Qatari-owned broadcaster), QSI and PSG.”

Last October QSI bought a 22 per cent stake in Portugal’s SC Braga for around £90m. However, the Doha-based sports investment arm has set higher ambitions to rival the UAE’s multi-club owners at Manchester City. Prior to the World Cup, interest in investing in the Premier League was minimal, but now the mood seems to have changed.

Qatar in talks with Daniel Levy as they plan post-World Cup investment - GETTY IMAGES

Qatar in talks with Daniel Levy as they plan post-World Cup investment – GETTY IMAGES

Interest would be limited to minority investments as UEFA remains against the prospect of co-owned teams facing each other in European competition. “It may not be Tottenham, but it could be,” an insider said of the potential interest from Spurs. During a meeting with Levy, who is also an ECA board member, it was said that Al-Khelaifi was acting solely in his role at QSI and not as head of the European Club Association.

It is also known that Al-Khelaifi is in talks with American investors about new investments in PSG and BeIN ahead of the 2026 World Cup in America. Over 300 clubs worldwide are part of multi-club ownership groups, but QSI’s only interests are at PSG and Braga. QSI looks at football investment opportunities around the world.

Despite Tottenham’s denials that any investment talks have taken place with Levy, the prospect of substantial new funding may appeal to multi-billionaire Joe Lewis. Antonio Conte has consistently pushed for more substantial support to compete at the top of the table. To help meet his demands, Lewis injected an additional £150m into the club in May after Bahamian subsidiary Enic increased its majority control of the club by around two percentage points.

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