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Four Chinese Investors Vying For Chance To Buy Stellar Group

This is the first contribution by Tyler Endebrock who is attending the St. Thomas University School of Law, where he is working towards a joint J.D./MBA in Sport Administration degree. He received his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida. In addition to previously holding multiple internships within the sports industry, Tyler is currently the Public Relations Associate for Front Office Sports, as well as a Sports Reporter for The Sports Quotient.

Per a report from Reuters, four Chinese investors are bidding for a chance to buy Stellar Group, the London-based agency known for negotiating Gareth Bale’s record-breaking $125 million contract with Real Madrid. The bidding for Stellar Group is worth an estimated 900 million yuan ($138 million), and although three of the suitors have not been identified, one bidder is believed to be Rastar Group, a model car-making company. Last year, Rastar Group bought a majority stake in Espanyol, a Spanish soccer club.

Stellar Group was founded by British super-agent Jonathan Barnett, and he will reportedly head to China near the end of the month to speak with all four bidders.

Stellar Group currently represents over one hundred athletes, including soccer players Luke Shaw, Joe Hart, Rafael da Silva, and Wojciech Szczesny. In 2015, Forbes ranked Stellar Group as the tenth-ranked sports agency in the world.