Words By: James Montague Produced By: Philippe Fenner

In August, Southampton FC became the latest European club to become part of China’s football revolution. Not many people on the south coast had heard of Gao Jisheng – the chairman of a Chinese company called Lander – who had bought 80% of the club for £210 million from Katharina Liebherr and became the sixth English club to be bought – or invested in – by a Chinese company or consortium.

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