Report: Landon Donovan to join American group purchasing Swansea City majority share

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According to Marc Stein of ESPN, former USMNT forward Landon Donovan is in “advanced talks” to join the American consortium that is close to securing majority ownership of Premier League club Swansea City.

The Stein report says that Donovan is close to joining the group led by Memphis Grizzlies vice chairman Steve Kaplan and D.C. United executive Jason Levien.

Donovan is no stranger to the Premier League, having spent two separate loan spells at Everton.

The sale is reported to net a massive profit for the current ownership group, led by chairman Huw Jenkins, which reportedly paid £1 million back in 2002 during a financial crisis, and will sell the club now for a reported £100 million. Jenkins is expected to remain a minority shareholder in the club. Largest shareholders Martin and Louisa Morgan are also unsure on how many each will sell, according to reports in England.

Jenkins will stay in an executive role in the club, Swansea confirmed a few days ago. With the sale expected to be completed in the next few weeks, Donovan will have a new stake in the Premier League, this time from the owner’s box.