Exclusive: Milan Mandaric is interested in taking over at Aston Villa

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as reported by the birmingham mail,

Milan Mandaric is interested in taking over at Aston Villa and has already seen an offer knocked back, it can be revealed.

BirminghamLive has been told that the former Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday owner registered his interest last month and followed it up soon after with a bid.

It’s our understanding that Tony Xia spurned those advances in the hope of finding another way out of the financial mess that Villa currently find themselves in.

A Mandaric-led consortium wanted control and were prepared to meet Xia’s financial demands.

But they’re yet to make a breakthrough and are now understood to be weighing up the next move.

Mandaric has taken over struggling football clubs in the past, earning him the nickname, Mr Fixit.

At 79 years of age, he’s vastly experienced and is still involved in football as the president of Slovenian outfit Olimpija Ljubljana.

Milan Mandaric in 2012

Reasons for the latest rejection are yet to be revealed.

Meanwhile, there has also been plenty of other interest in the club.

As reported exclusively by BirminghamLive earlier this month, a blue-chip American firm saw a £30m bid for 30 per-cent of control knocked back.

These figures also matched Xia’s financial …read more