23 February 2012

Barça know if it affects the macro-project Eurovegas

The plot he bought Agustí Montal might benefit from the project is specified tycoon Adelson.

FC Barcelona, ​​yesterday, officially know if part of the lands that are owned in the town of Vilamoura, could accommodate a future part of the larger project called Eurovegas.

On Tuesday, the American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, owner of an empire of casinos in Las Vegas, Macao and Singapore, together with its advisors, was invited by the Generalitat de Catalunya to make a quick visit to the area of Baix Llobregat, where located, and other plots, the land purchased at the time by the board of Augustine Montal. The spokesman and secretary of the current board, Toni Freixa, denied "that the land that once bought the board of Joan Laporta are within this potential transaction. Montal Only. "

The journey with Adelson was present Carles Vilarrubí, vice president of FC Barcelona, hence to be understood that the club azulgrana participated in the procession. However, Vilarrubí was invited by the Government for being a prominent businessman, vice president in Spain at investment bank Rothschild, as did Isak Andic, owner of Mango and Marc Puig, Puig Group. The group, accompanied by senior members of the Catalan administration, ended up meeting with the highest political authority of Catalonia, Artur Mas, in the Palau de la Generalitat.

Not the first time that Sheldon Adelson is interested in developing their leisure initiative in this part of the metropolitan area of Barcelona. In 2009, his advisers have already visited the area with Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, Joan Oliver, CEO, and Joan Franquesa, vice president of equity. The then minister for tripartite economy, Antoni Castells, led talks in which the Government ultimately did not go into depth.

At that time, as now, and highlighted the strategic position of the land, near the airport, well connected with Barcelona by motorway and a few minutes drive from the port, one of the busiest in Europe in the arrival of cruise ships.

Yesterday afternoon it was learned that the Incasòl (Catalan Land Institute, an autonomous agency of the Department of Territorial Policy and Public Works of the Generalitat) had offered the land bought by Agustí Montal and would not affect the board obtained by Laporta in 2009 .

The purchase and sale of those 30 acres is under investigation by the Anticorruption Prosecutor after denouncing a partner to understand that the price paid, more than 18 million euros, was out of the market, and the commission paid in the transaction.

Toni Freixa said on Catalunya Ràdio that the club does not know anything or how much it would receive in case of closing the transaction.

If Adelson bet on Barcelona, ​​the Government may expropriate the land. (via SPORT)