Slim at centre of Spanish takeover reports

06 Nov 2012

A leading official from Carlos Slim’s Carso Group has played down reports that the Mexican multi-billionaire plans to acquire a Spanish football club.

Slim, reckoned to be the world’s richest man, has been heavily linked in the Spanish media with a move for a Primera Division club, specifically Getafe. However, Arturo Elias Ayub, Telmex’s director of strategic alliances and Slim’s brother in-law has denied that the Carso Group, a global conglomerate owned by Slim, plans to purchase a Spanish football club.

“The Carso Group has neither talked to nor approached Getafe or any other Spanish club,” Ayub said on Twitter.

Ayub’s comments come after Andres Fassi, vice-president of Mexican club Pachuca, told the Marca newspaper that Slim was seeking an opportunity to invest in European football, specifically in Spain where they would look to challenge Real Madrid and Barcelona for titles within seven or eight years. Slim’s telecommunications company, America Movil, recently secured 30% stakes in Liga MX outfits Club Pachuca and Club Leon. Madrid-based Getafe currently sits 10th in the Primera Division table.