Derby County’s proposed takeover by Spanish businessman Erik Alonso is officially off, while talks have begun with another potential suitor.
That’s according to a report by the BBC, who claim that Alonso’s No Limit Sports Limited company – who had agreed a deal to purchase the Rams last month – have been unable to complete the transaction.
Indeed, The Telegraph’s John Percy had claimed on Thursday that Mel Morris was prepared to walk away from negotiations with Alonso after fearing that the Spaniard could not fund the purchase of the club.
However, Percy also went on to reveal that Morris has now resumed talks with an American consortium regarding the sale of the Rams, with the 58-year-old believed to be desperate to wash his hands of the Championship side.
While the collapse of a potential takeover is not normally great news for fans, the fact that Alonso will not be taking control of Derby would appear to be a very good thing for the Pride Park faithful indeed.
Following the confirmation that Morris had agreed to sell the club to the Spaniard, the 29-year-old subsequently went on a spree of making embarrassing faux-pas – from it being revealed that he had attempted to refinance Derby County’s stadium in order to have enough funds to purchase the club, suggesting that he wanted to lead the Rams to the rather unrealistic target of Champions League football and being caught out for attempting to claim that an image he had found online was his own property.
As such, the news that Alonso will not be Derby’s new owner should come as relieving news for fans of the club, as it would appear that the Spaniard would have brought something of a circus with him to the Championship side, in addition to the fact it seemed he would not have had the financial capability to properly invest in the squad.
Furthermore, Percy’s claim that an American consortium are now in talks to purchase the club would also appear to be good news for Derby fans, who will certainly want to get new owners in as quickly as possible in order for the club to move on from their rather disastrous 2020/21 campaign.