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Evgeny Melezhikov confirmed that LUKOIL wants to buy the Spartak stadium. “Negotiations are underway, a deal is being finalized for the sale of the stadium,” said the general director of the “red-white”

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The oil and gas company LUKOIL intends to buy the Otkritie Bank Arena stadium, where Moscow’s Spartak plays. This was reported to journalists by the general director of the football club Yevgeny Melezhikov.

“It is true that LUKOIL wants to buy the Spartak stadium. Negotiations are underway, the deal for the sale of the stadium is being finalized,” quotes Melezhikov “Match TV”.

August 1 informedthat LUKOIL plans to buy the Otkritie Bank Arena stadium from the owner of Spartak, Leonid Fedun. According to the portal, the amount of the transaction may range from $90 million to $100 million (from 5.4 billion rubles to 6 billion rubles). Prior to this, it was reported that the oil company would finance Spartak, take over the management of the club and become the main shareholder of the Red-Whites. The purchase of the stadium from Fedun is part of the deal, which must be approved by the Federal Antimonopoly Service.

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“Championship”, referring to a source familiar with the situation, informedthat the process of re-registration of Spartak to LUKOIL continues at a rapid pace.

“The transfer of shares is in full swing. On the other hand, LUKOIL has almost completed the design of Spartak’s home stadium, and the assets of Spartak’s main shareholders are also transferred to LUKOIL. The budget for the season will also be approved by LUKOIL. That is why the club does not make transfers. The reason is in the joint-stock lock, ”said the interlocutor of the portal.

Sources of RBC Sport in Spartak confirmed the information that the club will complete the process of re-registration of the stadium to LUKOIL during August.

The first match at the Otkritie Bank Arena took place in 2014. The stadium is the second largest in Moscow after Luzhniki. The Spartak Arena hosted matches of the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup. In addition, the stadium is used for concerts and festivals. In 2014, Fedun reported that the construction of the Otkritie Bank Arena cost 14.5 billion rubles.

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