German Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin has forged a strategic relationship with US investor Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
The relationship is worth $61.2 million with 9.7% of the football club going in the other direction.
How Hertha Berlin enjoy the cash remains to be seen but it could enable them to hang onto one of their best players, Adrian Ramos, who has been linked with various moves away from the club.
Arsenal and Chelsea were thought to be interested in signing him last month while Borussia Dortmund have been suggested as a destination should Ramos want to stay in Germany.
Hertha have every reason to try and keep the 28-year-old, who is currently the top scorer in Germany’s top division with 12 goals.
They can use this influx of cash to potentially offer Ramos a much bigger and more lucrative contract than he would otherwise have been presented with.
His current deal expires next year which means the player and Hertha will soon find themselves at a fork in the road.
A higher salary and more bonuses could incentivise Ramos to stay with his current employers or he could ignore any improved offer, taking on the new challenge of representing another club.
Whether the prospect of greater riches and Champions League football tempts him away remains to be seen.
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