Both Liverpool and Manchester United are up for sale. FSG have been considering a good valuation for Liverpool. But they are told that a £ 4 billion-plus add-ons is a bit fanciful. It is because the club is situated outside of London. FSG have been seeking investments for the Reds for quite some time now. Many parties have been linked with the sale. A host of parties have shown interest to buy the club since the news came out. Qatar Investment Authority have been linked with the club. The Gulf State’s wealth fund is reported to be interested to buy the club. American group Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment is another potential buyer for the club. According to reports they are keen to buy the club. However, FSG are said to be considering a partial sale of the club.
Liverpool takeover news is weighed by former club chairman
Sir Martin Broughton was the former chairman of Liverpool. He had helped the FSG to buy the club for £300 million. He told the Telegraph,
“I would question whether they’ll [United and Liverpool] get the kind of prices they floated. With Chelsea – and I think Arsenal and Tottenham would fall into the same category – the people we spoke to tended to be overseas billionaires who had a pad in London and the pad in London was in Knightsbridge or Kensington, Chelsea or something.”
He further continued,
“So when they came to London, they went to Chelsea. They were football fans, and they were Chelsea fans… they’re not going to be bidders for Liverpool or Manchester United because they’ve got a pad in London and they’re not planning to move their pad to Manchester or Liverpool. So it’s a different type of buyer to the ones that we were looking for with our consortium.”
He feels that clubs Liverpool, and Manchester United are less desirable to the investors as they are outside of London. They feel like the North-west region of the country is less attractive. Broughton believes that both Premier League clubs will struggle to find investors if they put a high valuation for the clubs.
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