Sunderland’s impending takeover by Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus may not be set in stone, as another interested party has been made public by the Sunderland Echo.
The Black Cats board are in a ‘period of exclusivity’ with a consortium that is believed to be the pairing of Sartori – a Uruguayan shareholder at the club – and Louis-Dreyfus, but Matthew Pauls looks to be another option.
Mark Donnelly of The Echo believes that Pauls, a financier from America, is waiting in the wings in partnership with a Washington, D.C.-based investor should the current planned takeover fall through.
A representative of the duo visited Sunderland’s facilities in the summer according to The Chronicle, so the renewed interest looks to be very serious indeed.
There doesn’t seem to be any immediate worries regarding the Sartori and Dreyfus takeover plan, which is favoured by Sunderland fans as Sartori has been around the club for a couple of years.
Add to the fact that Dreyfus is a young, football-mad billionaire and there’s every reason for Sunderland fans to be excited.
But current owner Stewart Donald will be comforted by the fact that if something does fall through, then there seems to be another man in the form of Pauls ready to pick up the pieces.
This is an intriguing development for Sunderland, who seem to have multiple irons in the fire if needed.
Fans just want the takeover done and dusted, and for the door to be closed on a period of turmoil on and off the pitch.
Sunderland supporters will understandably be wary of Mr. Pauls due to the history of past owners, but it may not even come to him owning the club, as if you believe the noises coming out of the north east, then Sartori and Dreyfus shouldn’t have any obstacles on their mission to own Sunderland AFC.