SAFC have apparently agreed a "takeover" deal with 22-year-old Kyril Louis-Dreyfus Stewart Donald will retain 15% and Juan Sartori is part of new consortium. Charlie Methven will also keep hold of his 5%.

Donald accepted the consortium’s offer two weeks ago, but Sunderland have declined to comment despite cancelling a scheduled meeting with supporters’ groups on Thursday due to the “advancement and sensitivity” of takeover talks.”

Louis-Dreyfus is one of three heirs to his father’s fortune following his death in 2009 and is estimated to have a trust fund worth more than £2bn that is held by his mother, Margarita. She remains a minority shareholder in Marseille having sold the majority of her shares in 2016.