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Aliko Dangote seeks to buy French football club Valenciennes

By Alexis Billebault

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Posted on April 13, 2023 16:27

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote is in discussions with the French club Valenciennes to take over 100% of the club. But the richest man in Africa also has other projects in mind.

Eddy Zdziech, the president of Valenciennes confirmed to the French newspaper L’Équipe that there was indeed a “rapprochement” with Nigerian Aliko Dangote.

On April 2, the newspaper revealed that the African billionaire, who made most of his fortune in the cement industry, was interested in buying the northern French club, which is currently in Ligue 2. All eyes are on the continent’s richest man, who is worth $13.5bn.

Two other targets

Aliko Dangote has clear intentions in European football, since this longterm Arsenal supporter tried to buy the London club twice, in 2016 and 2020.

According to our information, the businessman actually wants to take over three structures. One of these operations is already finalised.

As for Valenciennes Football Club (VAFC), which currently occupies 16th place in the ranking, one of the conditions set by the billionaire is that it remains in League 2

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