Robert Kraft 'intrigued' by prospect of owning Premier League team

  • Robert Kraft
  • 13/10/2017
Robert Kraft 'intrigued' by prospect of owning Premier League team
The American billionaire has indicated his willingness to own an English top-flight side, although he is put off by the lack of salary cap

New England Patriots and New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft has admitted he is "intrigued" by the possibility of owning a Premier League team.

The 76-year-old billionaire would be joining a growing list of American owners in the English top-flight, as Arsenal, Manchester United, Swansea City and Liverpool are all principally owned by investors from the United States.

Kraft, however, who owns two teams that compete in leagues with a salary cap (NFL and MLS), expressed reservations about getting into an uncapped competition like the Premier League.

"I like to win at whatever I do," Kraft told BBC Sport.

"But without a salary cap I'm concerned that we might be at a disadvantage."

Despite his hesitation, Kraft did indicate a willingness to potentially join the growing number of Americans invested in Premier League teams.

"We helped found MLS in America. Our league here is starting to really develop, and with our soccer team we've gone to the championship game five times in 21 years.

"I'm just concerned in the Premier League that we might not, with all the different ways of operating, we're not as familiar with all of them.

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"Let's say people from all over the world come in and buy teams and maybe they have different reasons for doing it and managing it.

"And you have to compete with that and I'm not sure. But I'm still intrigued."
  
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