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UPDATE 1-New Asda owners offer to sell petrol stations to get deal clearance

* Issa brothers/TDR bought majority Asda stake from Walmart

* CMA concerned deal could lead to higher petrol prices

* Bros/TDR offer to divest 27 EG Group petrol stations

* CMA minded to accept proposal (Adds detail)

LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) - Britain’s competition regulator is likely to accept an offer from the new owners of the Asda supermarket chain to sell 27 petrol stations to satisfy concerns that the takeover could lead to higher fuel prices, it said on Wednesday.

Zuber and Mohsin Issa and private equity group TDR Capital completed their purchase of a majority stake in Asda from United States giant Walmart in February in a deal valuing the chain at 6.8 billion pounds ($9.5 billion).

In a separate deal in February, EG Group, which is also owned by the brothers and TDR, agreed to buy Asda’s 323 petrol stations for 750 million pounds.

EG Group operates 395 petrol station sites in the UK.

Last month Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) raised its concerns over petrol prices and called on Asda’s buyers to address them to avoid the deal being referred for an in-depth probe.

On Wednesday the CMA said the buyers had offered to sell 27 EG Group filling stations.

“There are reasonable grounds to consider that this offer, or a modified version of it, may be accepted by the CMA,” it said.

The regulator now has 40 days to work through the detail of the proposed divestitures.

The brothers and TDR welcomed the CMA’s statement.

They said there had been “significant interest” from potential buyers of sites.

“Over the coming months, we are confident that we will be able to agree a sale to suitable operators to take over all identified sites,” they added. ($1 = 0.7185 pounds) (Reporting by James Davey; editing by William James, Kirsten Donovan)

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