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China Inc's US$3b land grab among Europe's soccer royalty

Chinese buyers, mostly unknown, go on shopping spree for clubs as Beijing aims to host and win the World Cup

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It was over lunch at his villa outside Milan with soccer "super-agent" Jorge Mendes that Italian tycoon Silvio Berlusconi realised an unpleasant truth: His storeyed club, AC Milan, needed cash, and plenty of it.

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IT was over lunch at his villa outside Milan with soccer "super-agent" Jorge Mendes that Italian tycoon Silvio Berlusconi realised an unpleasant truth: His storeyed club, AC Milan, needed cash, and plenty of it.

Mr Mendes, a source familiar with the matter said, was