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Southampton set to become Premier League's richest club

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A week of boardroom upheaval at Southampton has just got more interesting as reports suggest China's richest man is preparing to launch a takeover bid.

In the wake of Nicola Cortese's exit as executive chairman, owner Katharina Liebherr could now have to decide whether or not to sell the club.

According to reports in The Mirror, Wang Jianlin is ready to add the South Coast club to his considerable assets.

His property development company, Dalian Wander, is currently worth £19billion, and should the 59-year-old complete a takeover it will surely make the Saints one of, if not the, richest club in the Premier League.

And, if that wasn't enough excitement for fans to deal with, it is rumoured that the arrival of Wang could mean a return for the recently departed Cortese.

The news comes as Mauricio Pochettino continues to confirm whether he'll remain with the club beyond the end of the season after the departure of his closest ally.

With the team sitting in the top half of the Premier League table, boasting a squad full of promising home-grown talent and one of the countries most impressive youth academies, the takeover would not come cheap for Wang, with a price in the range of £175million
being suggested.

Should Dalian Wanda complete the deal and Cortese return to the club it would surely coincide with Pochettino committing his long-term future to the club, something he's been reluctant to do in the past few days.

The takeover could appeal to Liebherr, who inherited the club following the death of her father, Markus, in 2010.

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