Liverpool are reportedly in talks with a US-based buyer about a £2.7 billion takeover of Fenway Sports Group..
Since his £300 million purchase of Anfield in 2010, principal owner John W Henry has been in charge for 12 years, but he is now reportedly looking to sell the club.
FSG confirmed last week that they are looking for new investors, saying: “There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumours of changes in ownership at EPL clubs, and inevitably we are asked regularly about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool.”
Third parties expressing interest in becoming shareholders in Liverpool have frequently approached FSG. FSG has previously stated that we would consider new shareholders under the right terms and conditions if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club..
“FSG remains fully committed to Liverpool’s success, both on and off the field.”
According to the Daily Mail, an unnamed US-based buyer is in talks to take over the club from Henry, who is willing to do business for around £2.7 billion..
According to the report, an approach was made to the powers-that-be at Anfield several weeks ago, and FSG has been in talks with the anonymous prospective buyer since then.
However, the US-based buyer is not thought to be the only one interested in a full takeover of the club from Henry, who was thought to be seeking £4 billion in order to consider a sale.
Nonetheless, the 73-year-old would profit ninefold if he allowed Liverpool to be sold for £2.7 billion, and the Reds used Chelsea’s recent sale as a model.
Roman Abramovich sold the West London club to Todd Boehly’s consortium for £2.5 billion, and Liverpool’s owners are seeking £2.7 billion after factoring in Chelsea’s revenues..
Chelsea made £500 million in revenue last year before selling for five times that amount, but Liverpool, which is expected to make £600 million, is not expecting a £3 billion sale.
A late auction could drive up the price if multiple parties express interest in buying Liverpool, but Henry will not sell to an unethical potential owner.
Several well-known names have already been linked to the Liverpool ownership, but Sir Jim Ratcliffe has already ruled out a takeover.
Meanwhile, the Ricketts family are not expected to make an offer for the Merseyside giants, and Steve Ballmer and Stephen Pagliuca, owners of the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics, respectively, have been mentioned as potential buyers..
It has also been suggested that Dubai International Capital could enter the fray after attempting but failing to purchase the club for £312 million in 2007..
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