A link already exists given that Villa boss Unai Emery is a majority stakeholder in the Spanish outfit, and there are deeper family ties given both his father and grandfather played for the club.
Now, according to Noticias de Gipuzkoa, V Sports are being linked with securing an agreement to add the club to their growing portfolio, having already acquired stakes and secured strategic partnerships with Vitoria in Portugal, ZED FC in Egypt and more recently Vissel Kobe in Japan.
It’s suggested that the Villa ownership group will provide fresh investment, while the expectation is that there will be shared visions and groundwork done to improve Real Union’s fortunes, and perhaps a pathway opened up for players to not only develop there, but to potentially move in the opposite direction too.
There has been no official confirmation of any deal as of yet, but the report above notes that it has been communicated to them that there is a ‘process of reflection at the club’s internal level in every sense’ currently ongoing.
With Real Union competing in the Primera Division RFEF – Group 2 this season, the expectation is that they will benefit from any potential investment in their attempts to gain promotion through the levels of Spanish football, while it’s evidently a key part of V Sports’ roadmap and vision to continue to expand their portfolio of clubs and build a global network.
Time will tell whether Villa see either short-term and/or long-term benefits of these acquisitions and deals, but as we’ve seen elsewhere with the City Group, Red Bull and RedBird to name but a few, it appears to be an increasingly popular strategy for owners to have a multi-club project.