Liverpool FC is on the verge of being sold. The Premier League club is expected to change hands for over four billion euros – with prominent names being traded as potential buyers.
Liverpool FC is on the verge of a sale, according to media reports. The New York Times reports that investment banking firms Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have already been appointed to handle a possible transaction.
Coach Jürgen Klopp’s club is currently still owned by Fenway Sports Group (FSG), a US marketing company that already owns the NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins and the MLB team Boston Red Sox.
According to The Athletic, the rumored purchase sum is in the region of four and a half billion euros. This makes the English club the fourth most valuable football team in the world.
According to the report, the weighing up of potential suitors does not necessarily have to end in a sale. The English press nevertheless reports several possible buyers, including some prominent names from the world of sport.
The Los Angeles Lakers forward bought a two percent stake in Liverpool FC in 2011, just a year after taking over Fenway Sports Group.
However, with James’ fortune estimated at “only” one billion euros, a sole takeover is probably impossible. However, a share in a group of investors, similar to the current situation with the Washington Commanders in the NFL, would be possible.
The former baseball player and general manager of the Oakland Athletics has already expressed interest in a Premier League club once. This year, the US American joined forces with the investment firm RedBird CapitalPartners and set his sights on a takeover of Chelsea FC. However, Beane, who is worth around three billion euros, failed with his bid.
But he does have one advantage: he already owns 11 percent of Liverpool FC.
The Turkish entrepreneur also negotiated a takeover of Chelsea FC with Roman Abramovich’s lawyers earlier this year. “We plan to sign soon,” Bayrak announced at the time – but the deal fell through.
His advantage, however, is that his fortune, which he earned from investments in the tourism and cryptocurrency industries, amounts to around 8 billion pounds. He would therefore be in a position to buy the club without co-owners.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Britain’s richest man and football enthusiast.
Ratcliffe already owns the Ligue 1 club OGC Nice and FC Lausanne-Sport, and the billionaire has also been interested in Chelsea FC.
After his bid was rejected, the Briton tried Manchester United, who, however, did not want to sell. So it seems that Premier League clubs are his new target. Liverpool would fit in perfectly…
The current owners of the Chicago Cubs MLB team are also interested in a takeover, according to a Daily Mail media report. The assets are estimated to be worth $3.7 billion.
According to the report, the family has led the Cubs to a World Series title within seven years and thus also contributed to a considerable increase in value.
The plus point is that sporting interests are also at the heart of the investors’ concerns, not just profit maximization.