FSG send statement to the ECHO as Liverpool owners look to buy new club

Liverpool owner and FSG chief John W. Henry
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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have revealed that they are in discussions over a potential acquisition of French club Bordeaux.

FSG have been on the lookout for an additional football team to form part of a multi-club organisation that will aid Liverpool through player development and recruitment. The move is part of the deal that saw Michael Edwards come back into the fold as head of football for FSG.

On Tuesday it was reported in French local media and The Times that talks with the financially stricken Ligue 2 club, once one of France’s biggest sides but having been in the second tier since 2022, were taking place, with a delegation heading over from the US to France.

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Representatives were in France on the same day that Bordeaux chiefs met with French football’s financial watchdog, the DNCG, to outline that they had a workable budget for the 2024/25 Ligue 2 season.

FSG have since confirmed that talks are ongoing but have stressed that they are at an early stage.

A statement sent to the ECHO read: “Fenway Sports Group has expressed interest in the potential acquisition of French football club Girondins de Bordeaux and is in the early stages of dialogue and engagement. While the process is at this exploratory phase, we will not be making any further comment.”

Bordeaux, six times the champions of French football, are currently managed by former Liverpool player Albert Riera.

Any team that is acquired is likely to be heavily led on the operational side by FSG’s football team, which features Edwards, Julian Ward and Pedro Marques.

Bordeaux have issued their own statement. It reads: "FC Girondins de Bordeaux continues its discussions with Fenway Sports Group with a view to the DNCG appeal committee. During the hearing on June 27, the DNCG issued a stay of proceedings for FC Girondins de Bordeaux in order to provide all the necessary guarantees for financing the 2024-2025 season.

"For the moment, the progress of the file has led the DNCG to pronounce the relegation of the club to National Championship 1. The club is appealing this decision and now has the time necessary to finalize one of the options which will guarantee funding for next season. As such, the project to sell a majority share of the capital to Fenway Sports Group was presented this morning to the DNCG in the presence of its representatives and we are working, hand in hand with them, as part of the pursuit of negotiations and due diligence."