Aston Villa owners target Brazilian club takeover, Luiz crucial in £261m bid


Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, the trailblazing owners of Aston Villa, are poised to expand their football empire with the potential acquisition of Brazilian club Vasco da Gama according to recent reports from Brazil.

The dynamic duo, who have catapulted Villa into the upper echelons of English football, are now looking to make waves in South America as part of their burgeoning V Sports portfolio.

Vasco da Gama has caught the attention of Sawiris and Edens. It represents an attractive opportunity for the ambitious owners. The club was previously owned by 777 Sports, who are attempting to take over Everton and own clubs around Europe like Red Star in France, Genoa, Standard Liege, and Hertha Berlin.

The potential takeover would see Vasco da Gama join the ranks of V Sports, a multi-club portfolio that already holds a 29% stake in Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes and has forged partnerships with ZED FC in Egypt, Vissel Kobe in Japan, and Real Union in Spain. The addition of a Brazilian powerhouse would significantly expand V Sports' global reach, which also includes the largest youth academy in Senegal.

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Douglas Luiz at Vasco Da Gama / MB Media/GettyImages

Interestingly, Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, who cut his teeth at Vasco da Gama and played 29 times for the club between 2016 and 2017, could play a pivotal role in the potential deal. The Brazilian international's ties to his former club could help V Sports establish a firm foothold in the country and strike a chord with Vasco's fervent fanbase. Luiz's involvement in collaborative marketing activities and a potential pre-season tour to Brazil could further cement the bond between the two clubs.

The acquisition of Vasco da Gama could also yield a host of benefits for Aston Villa. The Brazilian club's wealth of young talent could provide a pipeline of promising players for Villa, while the increased exposure in the South American market could unlock new commercial opportunities and expand the English club's global fanbase.

Reports indicate that Sawiris and Edens are one of three parties vying to buy Vasco da Gama, with the club valued at a cool £261 million. This figure dwarfs the £30 million the pair shelled out to acquire Villa in 2018, although the English club was saddled with debt at the time.

Under the stewardship of Sawiris and Edens, Aston Villa has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis both on and off the pitch. The club's rise from the Championship to the Champions League, coupled with the development of its women's team, academy, and infrastructure, has showcased the owners' commitment to success.

Nassef Sawiris, Wes Edens
Villa owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Off the pitch, Villa has recruited experts in their respective fields to drive the club forward globally, secured a partnership with Adidas, and is undergoing a significant facelift of Villa Park ahead of the club's 150th anniversary.

The addition of Vasco da Gama could mark the beginning of a new era of global dominance for the group. With Douglas Luiz potentially serving as a bridge between the two clubs and the owners' proven track record of success, the future looks bright for both Aston Villa and Vasco da Gama.

The acquisition of Vasco da Gama would be a significant milestone for Sawiris and Edens, who have demonstrated their ability to transform clubs and build a successful multi-club portfolio. Their vision and ambition have already yielded impressive results at Aston Villa, and the potential addition of a Brazilian giant like Vasco da Gama could further solidify their position as influential figures in the world of football.

The prospect of seeing young Brazilian talents develop at Villa and the potential for exciting collaborations between the two clubs has supporters buzzing with anticipation.