Southampton are in talks with Chinese investors over selling a stake in the club and owner Katharina Liebherr promises any deal would be in the “best interests of the club.”
Having reached the EFL Cup final by beating Liverpool on Wednesday, Saints were back in the headlines the following day after Lander Holding announced its intention to buy a stake in the club.
The parties have been in talks for months and Press Association Sport reported the deal for a stake in the club remains at an early stage.
There are no guarantees that deal with Lander Holding will be completed and Liebherr, who inherited the club from her late father Markus, has written to fans to explain the situation.
“I am writing to you in relation to an announcement made in China today about Southampton Football Club and Lander Holding,” she said in a statement.
“Please understand that I can only make limited comments regarding this process but I can assure you that any steps we do take will be in the best interests of the club.
“A potential partnership would need to clear multiple approvals and fulfil strict criteria before being confirmed.
“The Premier League is increasingly competitive; we need to keep moving forward and look to new markets for commercial growth, innovation and to share our journey.
“Together we have had many years of progression and success, and ensuring this continues is the main focus of any possible partnership.
“I cannot thank you enough for the continued support you give Southampton Football Club, and it makes me so proud to think we will soon be experiencing a major final together at Wembley.
“I hope you enjoy what will be a brilliant day for our club and look forward to a successful future together.”