Bournemouth-Lorient, a connection that is not due to chance…

Bournemouth-Lorient, a connection that is not due to chance…

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Seventh in the Ligue 1 standings, Lorient is having an excellent 2022/2023 financial year. But this winter, the Hakes could lose two of their holders. Yesterday, we revealed to you exclusively that the Breton club was about to sell its young midfielder Dango Ouattara (20 years old) to Bournemouth in exchange for 27.5 M€! An XXL sum which has challenged more than one. But that’s not all. Seventeenth in the Premier League standings, the English team would not stop there and would also like to attract another young FCL talent, Enzo Le Fée, into their nets. Negotiations are even already underway.

Hakes and Cherries in the same galaxy

Seeing the same club want to recruit several players from another team is nothing new. But between Bournemouth and Lorient, these transactions are not really due to chance. On January 13, Les Merlus made the following announcement on their official website: “FC Lorient announces the signing of a strategic partnership with Bill Foley and Black Knight Football and Entertainment (BKFE). FC Lorient announces today the signing of a partnership agreement with BKFE, a company specializing in sports headed by William P. Foley II. Through this agreement, BKFE and the listed company Cannae Holdings will become minority shareholders of the FC Lorient group in the coming weeks.

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But this William P. Foley II, also called Bill Foley, is quite simply the new boss of… Bournemouth! Clearly, the American boss of BKFE is in the process of setting up a galaxy of clubs with the aim of following in the footsteps of the famous City Football Group. “We are pleased to announce today this strategic partnership agreement in Lorient. Loïc Féry has helped make FC Lorient a top-notch club. He has successfully presided over the destinies of FC Lorient for 14 years and will be an excellent partner in developing a group of leading football clubs with BKFE. I look forward to collaborating with Loïc and his team to accelerate the success of FC Lorient and BKFE.”declared Foley on January 13th.

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Foley, an estimated fortune of $1.2 billion

For the more curious, as Lorient indicates in its press release, BKFE is “a consortium majority-owned by Cannae Holdings Inc (CNNE: NYSE), a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange with long-term interests in various sectors such as technological services, hotels and professional sports. » A consortium in which we therefore find Bournemouth, but also American hockey teams such as the Vegas Golden Knights (NHL) and the Henderson Silver Knights (Hockey League), hotels (Les Mars and Chalkboard Restaurant in Healdsburg, California, Hotel Californian ) or restaurants (Blackbird in Santa Barbara). A galaxy of flagship services from the Foley Entertainment Group founded in 2021.

Finally, who is this Bill Foley? Aged 78, this American based in Las Vegas has a fortune estimated at 1.2 billion dollars, according to the latest Forbes ranking for 2022. 2076th richest person in the world, according to the American media, Foley created a insurance in 1984 and was president of Black Night, a software company. Having become a specialist in the acquisition and sale of companies, Foley notably distinguished himself by founding the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team for 500 million dollars. A nice move since the team was launched in the NHL in 2017 and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2018.

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