Shahid Khan, the 67-year-old Pakistani-American billionaire business tycoon and the prospective New Wembley owner is optimistic about England’s national Stadium staging the FIFA World Cup finals and the NFL’s Super Bowl and is striving hard to see it become a reality.
In a bid to make his aspirations happen, he has presented an offer to The Football Association to purchase the venue. The FA confirmed the receipt of the said offer from Khan,the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and the English Football League Championship team Fulham F.C.
The 67-year-old made his intentions and long-term plans for the facility known to the public in an interview session with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
He also offered assurances concerning England matches and promised to rejuvenate the dilapidated parts of the Stadium which was officially opened in 2007.
These he said during the interview with BBC Sport:
“Our role would be to provide a world-class venue,” he said.
“[The FA] will have a pool of money of about £600m that can be invested into the core mission of the FA, which is English football and their ultimate goal of winning a World Cup.
“Wembley is a great stadium and you want to get it configured to hold Super Bowl and World Cup finals.
“We would very much like for England matches and cup finals to be played at Wembley, that is the DNA.
“We want to keep the original mission of Wembley alive. Frankly, that’s what gives Wembley its value.”
Khan also indicated he would be willing to allow Fulham’s rivals Chelsea to play at Wembley while the Blues’ Stamford Bridge home undergoes a major redevelopment.
“Personally, I have not spoken to Chelsea, but the CEO of Fulham has spoken to his counterpart at Chelsea,” he said.
“It [making Wembley available] was never an issue to us. Chelsea has been a great club and those relationships go back a long time.”