Hollywood actor and movie director, George Clooney is reportedly part of a group of US investors’ planning a sensational bid to buy Spanish football club, Malaga, with hope to turn around the fortunes of the Andalusian side.
With the club’s president, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani already suspended over accusations of improper management, the team who are now 14th in Segunda Division could be forcibly relegated if they cannot fulfill certain financial commitments this season.
According to Canal Malaga, the Qatari businessman is demanding £86million for the sale of the club. But the US investors, which George Clooney is part of are hoping a deal can be agreed for considerably less than the Sheikh’s asking price.
It was also reported that the investors also hope to profit from the popular Costa del Sol port city by filming a documentary at the club with plans to turn it into a ‘European Hollywood’ which could be a 24-hour Truman Show-style documentary.
Speaking on the potential takeover bid, Small Shareholders Association president Antonio Aguilera said: ‘There is a powerful production company here in Malaga, they want to turn Malaga into the ‘European Hollywood’ and they are filming series here on the south coast for Amazon and are already negotiating with the club.
‘A fortnight ago, he was asking 100million euros for Malaga. What they are prepared to offer is much more than the amount he paid for the club (36million euros) and talks are ongoing.
‘On Friday, they called the Americans to say they were willing to negotiate.’