Briatore in talks for English football team

Fri, 10 August 2007, 12:47

Renault boss Flavio Briatore is in “advanced talks” about taking over the west London football club Queens Park Rangers, according to reports.

The Times in Britain said the deal could be worth about (US) $50 million, including taking on the club’s substantial debt, with QPR reportedly trying to avoid falling into administration.

Flamboyant Italian millionaire Briatore, 57, is not a renowned football fan but two years ago he was linked with a failed bid together with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone for Chelsea.

Earlier this year, he scoffed at reports that he was preparing to bid for the Italian football club Parma.

“Such a project does not figure in my plans either for now or in the future,” he said then.

Ecclestone is currently thought involved in a bid for yet another famous London club, Arsenal.

Briatore, meanwhile, is believed to have attended a QPR match recently, and promised club manager John Gregory a player budget of about $20m.

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