Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon advised the future new owner of the Derby district, Erik Alonso, while trying to take advice. Heavenly sports news he learned.
Calderon has been a lawyer for the Alonso family for many years.
Heavenly sports news it was also said that Alonso submitted proof of funds to the EFL last week and hopes his takeover will be completed before the end of next week – after League officials sanction the purchase.
Derby officials believe the Spanish businessman has shown enough evidence that he not only bought the club, but also provided significant future investment.
It turned out that Alonso first offered Derby nine months ago, long before current owner Mel Morris sanctioned a takeover deal with Alonso’s rival, Sheikh Khaled and Derventio Holdings; that takeover failed last month.
When Alonso thought the deal to buy Derby was dead, he made an unsuccessful offer to buy Sheffield Wednesday, before refocusing on Pride Park when news of Derventi’s failure collapsed.
The Alonso family has become rich in the hotel industry and owns a vineyard in the famous Spanish region of La Rioja.
Alonso – still only 29 years old – has two degrees, one in business and the other in sports management.
He plans to move his young family to England as soon as Covid’s restrictions allow, so he can run things first-hand in Pride Park.
Alonso’s key ambition is No Limits Sports Limited – the company that will own Derby – to help the club win promotion to the Premier League. We were told that improving the club side of the scout network and attracting more international talent is an important factor in his plan.
Who is Eric Alonso?
• A 29-year-old Spanish entrepreneur.
• Fluent in English and Spanish.
• Former Olympic boxer, who had five fights. At the time he was in the ring he was quite famous in Spain.
• Owner of No Limits Sports Limited – this will be the company that owns Derby County if EFL approves the takeover.
• He has two degrees – business and sports management.
• Former adviser to Daphne Chansiri in Sheffield Wednesday, but the two dropped out last year and Alonso’s £ 30m bid to buy the yorkshire club was turned down two months ago.
• The Alonso family owns several hotels and a vineyard in La Rioja.
• Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is Alonso’s family lawyer and advised him during this takeover.
• That Samal, a former investment banker, is also part of his senior management team.
• Alonso is married with an eight-year-old son and plans to relocate his family to the East Midlands as soon as the coronavirus allows them to relocate.
What is the background to Alonso’s offer to buy Derby?
• Alonso’s initial offer to buy Derby County precedes the date owner Mel Melris signed a contract with Sheikh Khaled’s Derventio Holdings last November.
• Alonso turned his attention to trying to buy Sheffield Wed when he thought the business at Pride Park was dead.
• When Derventio Holdings failed to complete the takeover, Alonso resubmitted its offer.
• Derby officials are pleased that Alonso has shown enough evidence of funds to not only buy the club, but to move it forward with future investments.
How fast can a download happen?
• Proof of funds was provided to the EFL last week
• Much depends on how quickly EFL lawyers can process the application, but it usually takes 10 working days.
• Once approved by the EFL, it will likely take up to 48 hours to complete the legal sale of the club.
• Alonso could be the new owner of Derby by the end of next week.
What do we know about Alonso’s plans for the Derby?
• Alonso is completely behind Wayne Rooney, he wants to keep him as manager, and the two of them have already discussed summer transfer plans.
• Alonso wants current owner Mel Morris to stay at the club as a consultant, although there has been no formal discussion of his role so far
• The Spaniard wants to develop Derby’s foreign scout network and increase the number of foreign players in the squad.
• Alonso tweeted last night to say “good times will come back” in Derby.
• The main ambition is to promote in the Premier League and thus plans to reverse the initial investment.
• Alonso plans to move to England with his wife and eight-year-old son, and the club plans to run from here