Report: Derby County hold investment talks with Michael Dell

Report: Derby County hold investment talks with Michael Dell
English second-tier soccer club Derby County are holding talks with US billionaire Michael Dell over a 'major investment', according to the Daily Telegraph.

Dell, who is also the Chief Executive of Dell Technologies and Owner of New York-based investment firm MSD Capital, is listed as the 27th richest man in the world by Forbes. According to the report, he is in negotiations with Derby chairman Mel Morris over a deal that could include a key role within the Championship club, covering a loan, investment or takeover.

Morris, one of the league's most prominent club owners, has been known to be seeking additional funding for the past two years. Morris was previously reported to be in talks with London-based private investor Henry Gabay, and is apparently still hopeful of concluding a deal.

In 2019, Dell was linked to a potential takeover of League One club Sunderland before three MSD partners instead loaned UK£12 million (US$14 million) to the Black Cats’ owner Stewart Donald. Now it appears he may emerge as a rival to Gabay for a stake in Derby.

The Rams are currently five points adrift of the play-off positions in the Championship, but with the English Football League (EFL) having postponed the season until 30th April at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic is it unclear when the season will be concluded.

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