Barcelona defender Gerard Pique tried to buy English club Notts County over the summer, in a deal which eventually fell through.
The 32-year-old, who already has a few businesses in football, showed his interest in buying the Magpies in the summer. Despite the club’s relegation from the Football League for the first time in their history last season, the Blaugrana star was eager to strike a deal.
As reported by ESPN, Notts County owner Alan Hardy entered talks with Pique over the purchase of the club. They were “close” to completing a deal after talks in London, but it fell through as the club was eventually sold to Danish brothers Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz.
Notts County now play in the fifth tier of English football, having been relegated from League Two last season. The Magpies currently sit sixth in the National League, after beating Torquay United 2-0 at Meadow Lane on Saturday.
The Nottingham-based club are the oldest professional club in the world, as they were founded back in 1862. Despite their devastating relegation at the end of last season, Pique was not deterred from attempting to buy the English club.
Pique was hoping to add Notts County to his Kosmos Global Holding group, making them the second club under his ownership. The Spanish defender already owns Spanish third-tier side FC Andorra, who he bought with his group in December 2018.
Els Tricolors, who are based in neighbouring Andorra, were able to jump straight up from the fifth tier to the third tier. This was due to the financial problems of CF Reus Deportiu, who were subsequently relegated for failing to pay their players on time.
Pique is one of the most experienced players in Barcelona’s current squad, having joined from Manchester United in 2008. Since then, the Catalan-born defender has made 508 appearances for the Blaugrana, winning an incredible 28 titles over 11 years.
Barcelona travel to Eibar next on 19 October, following the conclusion of the international break. The Spanish champions then make another trip in the Champions League, travelling to the Czech Republic to face Slavia Prague on 23 October.