Mercato | Mercato – ASSE: Russia, USA … Caïazzo ready to select a large-scale project?

Posted on December 3, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. by Dan Marciano

Several files have been selected by the KPMG firm with regard to the takeover of ASSE. But two projects, considered serious, would have caught the attention of Bernard Caïazzo.

The Romeyer-Caïazzo era is coming to an end at ASSE. Present in Saint-Etienne since 2004, the two men announced last April the upcoming sale of the Saint-Etienne club in an open letter published by Progress. The managers of Saint-Etienne have entrusted the follow-up of this file to the audit firm , KPMG , responsible for selecting the best candidates and delivering its opinions to Roland Romeyer and Bernard Caïazzo . This is what he did on November 23. The KPMG firmrejected certain projects, but “new candidates presented themselves with files which meet the criteria requested by KPMG”. The sales process is ongoing and several offers have apparently arrived in front of the two managers, who would have different selection criteria. The Chairman of the Management Board, Roland Romeyer would not oppose the establishment of a local project and did not hide his proximity to Olivier Markarian , former CEO of Markal who had not hidden his interest in ASSE . For his part, Bernard Caïazzo would like to see a billionaire settle at the head of the club. “I would like to find a billionaire who can put the same money as Rybolovlev in Monaco, or McCourt in Marseille. It’s not that easy. You have people who say that they have the means, but in the end they do not have much and will do rather less well than what we have been doing for twenty years ”had confided the chairman of the supervisory board. last July.

Two major international projects on pole

This falls since several foreign investors have come forward in recent days. And according to RMC Sport, two cases deemed “serious” would be favored by Bernard Caïazzo. The first is the Total Sports Investments case, carried by Roman Dubrovnik and Sergeï Lomakin . Of Russian nationality, the latter made a fortune thanks to his discount chain Fix Price and is at 986th place in the ranking of the richest people published by Forbes. No offer has yet been made and no documents have been filed. However, a bank guarantee would have been deposited in order in particular to have access to the first part of the data room. However, the media specifies that this file would be slightly behind that carried by American investors. 777 Partners , minority shareholder of Sevilla FC , has already sent the necessary documents to the officials of ASSE and would currently review the information provided by the ASSE . However, these two projects could never see the light of day in the event of a descent in Ligue 2 at the end of the season.

A local project in the event of a descent in Ligue 2

In otherwise, ASSE could favor a local project. And according to RMC Sport, only one project would be interested in the event of relegation, even if this is not “100%” assured by the media. This is a French case carried by Olivier Markarian and Serge Bueno , Franco-Israeli leader of Smart Good. The two businessmen could team up to get their hands on ASSE . The project led by Jean-Michel Roussier and Mathieu Bodmer would, for its part, be left behind due in particular to the reluctance of Bernard Caïazzo . The Terrapin dossier would still be relevant, but their motivation is questioned by the leaders of Saint-Etienne. Things should move in the coming days since Roland Romeyer hopes to complete this file before the end of the year 2021: “I would like the sale to take place before the end of the year 2021. J ' hopes that the suitable successor will be found fairly quickly, that is to say someone who has the values ​​of ASSE and who will be able to help him financially in order to titillate the first five to six places. We're going to get there, at one point or another, for sure. “

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