A transfer deal to take MK Dons midfielder Alex Gilbey to Charlton Athletic has been thrown into doubt after Charlton’s ownership turmoil escalated.
Several sources reported yesterday (06/08) that the 25-year-old midfielder was set to join the Addicks from MK Dons, with reports saying Gilbey had taken a medical with the South London club ahead of making a move to the capital.
However, it was announced today the EFL has disqualified 3 people involved in a proposed takeover of the club after failing the fit and proper person’s test, in a move that has raised further doubts over Charlton’s ownership and future.
A statement released by the EFL on their social media said, “Following a full and comprehensive appraisal of all the relevant matters, the Board determined that three individuals were subject to a disqualifying condition and the EFL declined to approve their applications.”
The EFL confirmed that the disqualified individuals have 14 days to appeal, and that they would be open to approving people with other offers for the club.
Charlton have since confirmed an appeal has been filed on behalf of 2 of the people who the EFL have disqualified.
The South London Press newspaper is now reporting that both the Gilbey move and a proposed deal for the Addicks to sign striker Conor Washington from Hearts have not received EFL approval. The club is also under a transfer embargo.
Charlton have been subject to several ownership problems since a deal was agreed earlier this year for the club’s former owner Roland Duchatelet to sell the club.
The club was officially taken over by the ESI Group in January, but they never received EFL approval to confirm the move before a bitter public row broke out between two key investors in the group.
An attempt was then made to sell the club to another party in June, but confusion remains if the club was actually sold. An investigation into the original takeover by ESI was launched by the EFL in April.
Gilbey joined MK Dons from Wigan in 2017, and has made 105 appearances for the club. He has won the club’s Player of the Year award for the last two seasons, after playing a key role in the team that won promotion from League Two in 2018-19 and stayed in the third tier in the truncated 2019-20 season.