The arrival of the American investment fund Arctos Partners as a minority partner in Paris Saint-Germain now values the French champion club at 4.25 billion euros.
It’s important to note that PSG was acquired twelve years ago for the sum of 70 million euros. PSG has, therefore, significantly increased its value over the past decade. But why a new shareholder? Here is the reason (or reasons), according to journalist Ben Jacobs.
A new stadium… and more. “Arctos will support the financing of PSG’s real estate projects (stadium, training center, etc.) and focus on the development of women’s football. Arctos will also explore other sports investments with PSG’s QSI,” writes Ben Jacobs. PSG still plans to expand the capacity of the Parc des Princes, but in light of the mayor of Paris refusing to sell the stadium, PSG will consider a plan B and look for land to build its stadium.
“Arctos wants to solve PSG’s stadium problem, which means either finding a solution (alongside QSI) with Anne Hidalgo or exploring more aggressive options if the policy cannot be resolved,” writes Ben Jacobs.
On the sporting side, Arctos’ minority investment “is part of an extremely ambitious project for PSG. The club is trying to move away from a ‘bling, bling’ era and become more financially sustainable. The team is also undergoing a transformation. The philosophy is essentially to buy young players, preferably French if possible.”