A journalist from the United States claimed that he had disclosed new information regarding FSG’s intentions to sell Liverpool, including the identity of a “genuine fan” from the United States.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Fenway Sports Group has been gradually shifting its position and investigating the potential of selling its majority ownership in Liverpool.
In the belief that they are searching for a new purchaser, the owners of the club seek investment advice from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley also believes that the club owners are seeking for a new buyer.
In order to put more of his attention on sales, FSG President Mike Gordon has stepped aside from his day-to-day responsibilities at the club, where he had been working closely with Jurgen Klopp.
According to a post that was made on Twitter by CBS journalist Ben Jacobs, FSG “would prefer a full sale,” and “people involved with the process” anticipate that this “may happen sooner rather than later.”
In addition to this, he explains that “soon” in this context “still takes quite a bit of time” by saying that “sources underscore that [the] wheels are in motion.”
It is asserted that “Klopp has been given guarantees, regardless of the time frame, that the next two transfer windows will not be affected by this process.” This statement pertains to the near future.
It is interesting that Jacobs advertises Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) as a “sincere fan” despite the fact that the company’s effort to buy Chelsea earlier this year was unsuccessful and that “the selling process is focused on an American investor.”
HSBE was established in 2017 by Josh Harris and David S. Blitzer and has its headquarters in the United States. The company’s holdings include the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association and the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.
However, Jacobs asserts that this “did not present any hurdles during the tender process for the sale of Chelsea” despite the fact that they are already investors in Crystal Palace.
Martin Broughton, a former chairman of Liverpool who managed the sale of the Anfield club to FSG in 2010, was involved in their attempt to purchase Chelsea. FSG purchased the club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett in 2010.
Jacobs asserts that “FSG anticipates Liverpool to sell over $ 1 billion more than Chelsea,” despite the fact that this purchase cost approximately 300 million pounds, and that Liverpool is currently valued at approximately 3.1 billion pounds.
“Those who are familiar with the procedure anticipate that bids worth $3 billion or more will be carefully evaluated,” he adds. “Those who are familiar with the process expect that.”
“However, the increasing number of expressions of interest ought to result in a higher sale price if the winning bidder goes through with the transaction.”
Having said that, Jacobs continues by saying, “A full sale is by no means certain.”
“FSG need not just the appropriate price (they make a tremendous profit regardless), but also the appropriate group; therefore, a great deal will depend not only on the offer, but also on the club’s plan for the future.”
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, both of which could have been potential investors, have already indicated that they are not interested.