The EFL have refused to comment on Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ potential takeover of Sunderland, according to the Sunderland Echo.
It is understood that Sartori, who is currently a director at the club, and Louis-Dreyfus are hoping to complete a deal that would see them become majority shareholders of the Black Cats.
The 22-year-old Frenchman, who is the son of former Marseille owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus, would have to pass the EFL’s Owners and Directors Test for the takeover to successfully go through but it appears the EFL are unwilling to provide an update on whether that process is ongoing.
The Sunderland Echo have revealed that the EFL refused to comment on whether they’d been notified that a deal at the club is in progress or whether anyone is undergoing their Owners and Directors Test in relation to it.
Reports last week indicated that the proposed deal, which would see Stewart Donald’s share reduced to 15%, could be completed within the next two weeks
Donald announced back in December that he would be selling the club in response to significant pressure from fan groups and there have been various rumours and reports since but it seems we may be moving toward new ownership at the Stadium of Light.
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This is not an unusual response from the EFL on such matters but it ensures that for the time being, we remain in the dark about the progress of the new takeover deal.
Sunderland fans will likely be hopeful that it is wrapped up quickly and Donald’s time in charge, which has ultimately been a disappointment, is brought to an end.
Should the deal go through, the January window looks set to be a very interesting one for the North East club.