The ‘secret footballer’ had sent out a Tweet claiming that Randy Lerner has sold Aston Villa to the ‘American Pheonix Group’. Now this is a rumour which holds little validity for several reasons. Firstly, the secret footballer had spelt the word Phoenix wrong. Secondly, upon further research the American Phoenix Group haven’t made the news since the late 1990’s.
The American Phoenix Group appears to be an business company that seeks to buy shares and acquire certain companies. The Phoenix group were in talks to buy the Teterless Access Asia but as mentioned before, this was in 1996!
There have been a few analytic pieces claiming that Aston Villa are now in the perfect position to be sold, following positive financial reports. With a new TV deal expected to bring in millions to Premier League teams, a sale is more possible than ever. The question of Premier League survival still hangs in the balance but with an asking price of roughly $150 million, Aston Villa sure look like a decent bargain. But with every takeover rumour that has been reported, they have all been rejected and denied. This is the next rumour to fall into that list.