The Spanish Primera Liga club set to be bought by Dubai firm Royal Emirates Group (REG) has been revealed as Getafe.
“It is Getafe… we will announce it in a big way tomorrow,” Suleiman al Butti, project manager of Royal Emirates Group, told Reuters.
Early reports had indicated that the club in question was Real Zaragoza and suggested that the cash-strapped outfit would be renamed ‘Team Dubai’ but a spokesman denied that rumour. Instead a deal worth €90m has been agreed for Getafe. REG, an investment firm chaired by Sheikh Butti Bin Suhail al-Maktoum, said in statement the club would be named “Team Dubai”, although it was not clear whether that would become the team’s official name.
Getafe Team Dubai seems likely to be the club’s new name, and the outfit’s chairman and a number of players are due to arrive in Dubai on Wednesday and the announcement is set to be made on Thursday.
Getafe are 14th in La Liga, and in danger of relegation. In recent years, Getafe have twice been runners-up in the Copa del Rey, and reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 2007-08.