Real Madrid, Barcelona propose alternative to CVC investment in LaLiga

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Twelve of Europe's top football clubs launch a breakaway Super League - Madrid, Spain - April 21, 2021. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid merchandise is seen through a shop window. REUTERS/Susana Vera

MADRID (Reuters) - Top Spanish football clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona have proposed a 2 billion euro ($2.26 billion) bank credit to finance the country's top soccer league in a bid to derail an approved cash injection offered by private equity fund CVC.

The CVC deal is due to receive final approval on Dec. 10 and was approved by 38 of the 42 clubs comprising LaLiga in a first round.

The alternative proposal from Spain's two largest clubs together with smaller Athletic Bilbao would see JPMorgan, Bank of America and HSBC jointly lend 2 billion euros in exchange for an fixed annual payment of 115 million euros for 25 years, a document seen by Reuters showed, confirming a report by the Financial Times.

The CVC deal would see the fund receive 11% of the league's television rights over the next 50 years in exchange for a one-off payment of 2.7 billion euros.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao opted out, saying the terms were too generous to CVC. Second-division Real Oviedo also rejected the deal.

In response to their alternative proposal, LaLiga's management said the CVC deal was not just about financing the league but also aimed at making it more competitive and improving its businesses.

($1 = 0.8863 euros)

(Reporting by Inti Landauro and Belén Carreño; editing by Jason Neely)

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