Barcelona player Gerard Pique failed with a late bid to buy National League club Notts County this summer.
According to The Athletic, the defender was in talks with controversial ex-owner Alan Hardy back in July and wanted to turn the academy into a new La Masia (like Barca’s famous youth set-up which has attracted the likes of Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola and Carlos Puyol).
Exclusive | Barca star Gerard Pique narrowly failed with a late bid to buy Notts County this summer – and had plans to turn Meadow Lane into a finishing school for home-grown talent.
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Hardy wanted to sell because the players, coaches and tax bill hadn’t been paid, plus one of his other businesses went bust.
A High Court date was looming and The Magpies eventually went for the earlier offer by Danish brothers Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz who have since helped the club get back on it’s feet and rewarded the supporters with slashed ticket prices for sticking by during the bad times.
Pique had no time to complete the diligence checks on the world’s oldest professional club.
Another reason as to why his deal with Notts County failed was because of the player’s history with the tax office.
Pique already owns Andorra FC, a team in Spain’s third tier, with his Kosmos Global Holding business.
They play in the third tier of Spanish football where they sit top of Segunda División B, the same group (3) as Barcelona B. Get promotion and they will go up to the second tier.
32 year old Pique is still a regular for the LaLiga giants and the centre-back has already scored once in the 10 games he’s played in the current season.
After finding out on the story, fans took to give their reaction with some shocked and others glad the deal failed – see those tweets on the next page.