Piqué tried to buy Notts County last summer

The Catalan central was one step away from acquiring the oldest club in the world, but the economic problems of the former owner accelerated the sale to another buyer.

Gerard Piqué was close to becoming the owner of the oldest club in the world: Notts County. According to The Athletic, the company of the Barca center, Kosmos Global Holding, came to meet with the then owner of the club, Alan Hardy, but the delicate economic situation of the Nottingham team complicated the operation: non-payment to soccer players and coaching staff and debt with the Treasury, which amounted to one million euros, they forced the British businessman to sell the club before last July 31. In the end, Hardy had to sell the club to the previous offer presented, the one made by the Danish brothers Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz, worth eleven million euros, at the request of the High Court of England.

According to The Athletic, the Catalan defender, who already owns FC Andorra and Gimnàstic Manresa, intended to make another major investment after the one made in 2016 that saved the club from bankruptcy. The information of the American digital explains that the intention of the central Barcelona was to restructure the youth organization of Meadow Lane so that the Notts had a model similar to that of La Masia and that the club could be financed through the sale of players.

In addition, Piqué's dispute with the Tax Agency, to which he had to pay two million euros in fines and late taxes between 2008 and 2010 for his image rights did not help to crystallize the agreement. According to The Athletic, anyone who has been convicted of crimes involving dishonesty or fraud is prohibited from joining a board of directors in England or owning the club.

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