What if…Wanda bought Aston Villa?

China’s interest in becoming a football power is growing, as is the wealth of its tycoons. Struggling UK football club Aston Villa might be a sound investment.

It’s a tough time to be an Aston Villa fan. The football team from England's second city Birmingham has notched up just three wins all season and sits becalmed at the bottom of the country's world famous Premier League.

Relegation into the Championship -- the fancy name for the division beneath the Premier League -- was confirmed on April 16 for the one-time European champions.

A combination of poor management, squandering millions on overpaid, underperforming players, and selling the few stars they had, have all contributed to the club’s hapless state. American owner Randy Lerner, a man much reviled by Villa fans, stepped down as chairman...

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