Portsmouth has been the target of takeover speculation in recent months. Comments by club officials discussing the lack of transfer funds, Pompey’s inability to finance a new stadium and the departure of Harry Redknapp (who knew he had taken Portsmouth as far as he could with the resources available to him) have only fanned the flames.
In the last few days two stories have cropped up – one, that super agent Pini Zahavi (he of Rio Ferdinand, Chelsea and IMScouting.com fame) is interested in buying Portsmouth from Alexandre Gaydamak (after helping him buy the club in 2006), and two, that a South African consortium is in advanced negotiations with Portsmouth to buy the club.
In both cases the interested parties will a) clear out the club’s debt and b) provide finances for investment into new training facilities and c) invest in a new stadium.
South African consortiums have been linked with Premier League clubs for a while now (a bit like Zabeel Investments) so I’m not so sure that this is a valid link. Zahavi sounds just as outlandish but the idea fits with the man’s ambitions, and his scouting network and player connections mean that if he does decide to play Football Manager in real life, he’s going to have an advantage in finding and bringing the best young talent to his club.
In either case, Tony Adams’ days at Portsmouth will be numbered. Rumours are that Grant could make a return if Zahavi comes in. If that happens, and if Mourinho comes to City next season (not a chance of either but hypothetically speaking), next year could make for an interesting reunion for current and former Chelsea managers.