Pique ‘tried to buy Notts County’

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique failed with an audacious bid to buy National League side Notts County over the summer, according to the Athletic.

While the move was eventually scuppered by the club’s financial problems, it is thought Pique wanted to turn County into one of England’s premier finishing schools for young players – after his own experiences at Barca’s La Masia academy.

Talks had taken place between former owner Alan Hardy and Kosmos Global Holding, the sports, media and entertainment company Pique co-founded in 2017.