Amidst the awaited deal that will see Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan invest around Rs.30 crore in the club, talks are on with a couple of other high-profile investors as well.
Lawyers have reportedly prepared the draft of the agreement which is expected to be signed early next week although all formalities might be complete by July-end as the Dempo chairman Shrinivas Dempo suggests.
“Shah Rukh has just returned and we are waiting to meet him. All documents are in place. Whatever niggles were there have been ironed out now. It’s only a matter of a signature but unless that happens, we cannot take it as confirmed [deal],” Dempo told TOI.
It was initially learned that SRK would acquire a 50% stake of the I-League champions for around Rs. 30 crore, but the club owner confirmed that majority stake would remain with Dempo SC.
“Dempo will have a majority stake. We have already discussed that with Shah Rukh and he has agreed that we should have higher stake since we would be involved in the day-to-day running of the club. Shah Rukh will have substantial minority stake.”
“We have been talking to the cricketer through investment bankers even before Shah Rukh came on board.
“The talks have revived and we are speaking not just to the international cricketer but a couple of other high-profile investors as well.
“These (high-profile) investors feel that the future of sport is football. It has such a huge market worldwide. Shah Rukh’s entry (into football) has created quite a buzz and attracted investors.
“We have continued discussions but a final call will have to be jointly taken by us and Shah Rukh,” said Dempo.
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