Liverpool sale: Dubai investors ‘eye second £4.3bn bid’ after deal was ‘almost signed’ in 2007

Liverpool owner Henry Credit: Alamy
Liverpool owner Henry Credit: Alamy

According to reports, Dubai investors are ‘eyeing a second bid’ to buy Liverpool after Fenway Sports Group revealed that they were open to new investment.

Fenway Sports Group (FSG) announced on Monday afternoon that they “would consider new shareholders”.

Their statement read: “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.

“FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club.

“FSG remains fully committed to the success of Liverpool, both on and off the pitch.”

These comments came about after The Athletic revealed that FSG are now ‘inviting offers’ from interested parties to purchase Liverpool football club.

An additional report from The Athletic revealed on Tuesday afternoon claimed that despite FSG claiming that they are “fully committed”, they would sell if the right offer came in.

And at the time of writing, investors from Dubai look to be leading the race to become the new owners of Liverpool.

Arabian Business reported on Tuesday evening that ‘investors in Dubai could be eyeing a purchase’ of the Premier League club.

This is according to ‘people familiar to the matter’. It is noted that Dubai International ‘almost signed’ for a takeover of Liverpool for £311.5m back in 2007.

It is also suggested that FSG ‘rejected a £3bn offer from a team of investors in the middle east’ last year.

‘Other Middle Eastern and American investors have been pegged as potential buyers’ but the team from Dubai are in the running.

The Middle East already has a stronghold in the Premier League. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund completed their takeover of Newcastle United last year. Before in 2008, Abu Dhabi’s City Football Group purchased Man City.

Conrad Wiacek (head of sport analysis at GlobalData) has predicted that Liverpool would be sold for $5bn (£4.3bn).

“The sale of Liverpool could reach in excess of $5 billion, with the club generating over $160 million from its sponsorship deals for the 2022-23 season alone.”

Earlier this year, Chelsea got new owners as an American-based consortium led by Todd Boehly bought the club for around £4.25bn.

Weirdly, UFC legend Conor McGregor has also seemingly thrown his hat into the ring to buy Liverpool.

When asked on Twitter if he would want to buy the club, McGregor answered: “I WOULD LOVE IT! I requested my information on this, yes. Soon as I heard. What a turn of events! What a club!”

Knowing what McGregor is like on social media, this is likely purely a publicity stunt. Earlier this year, he claimed that he wanted to buy Chelsea and that went nowhere.

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