Liverpool’s American owners FSG ‘have received a lot of interest from potential investors’… just weeks after billionaire pair John W Henry and Tom Werner put the club up for sale
- FSG hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to help them sell Liverpool
- Partner Sam Kennedy revealed there has since been ‘a lot of interest’ in the club
- A US-based buyer reportedly approached the owners over a takeover weeks ago
- Kennedy suggested FSG may look to sell a stake, rather than a full takeover
- Kennedy is also the current CEO and president of the FSG-owned Red Sox
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Liverpool owners FSG have received ‘a lot of interest’ in the Premier League club, revealed Sam Kennedy, a partner in the company.
FSG confirmed it had hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to sell its stake in the Premier League club last week.
A US-based buyer approached the company interested in a full takeover of the club and the Anfield chiefs have been in secret talks for several weeks, Sportsmail reported.
However, Kennedy has suggested that the owners are exploring options for the future of the club and may look for increased investment, rather than a complete sale.
He also revealed that numerous potential partners are already interested in investing in the Reds.
‘There has been a lot of interest from numerous potential partners considering investment into the club,’ Kennedy told The Boston Globe.
Liverpool owners FSG have received ‘a lot of interest’ in investment in the Premier League club
FSG confirmed it had hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to sell its stake in the club
Kennedy is also the current CEO and president of the FSG-owned Boston Red Sox and has previously been president of Fenway Sports Management.
‘It is early days in terms of exploring possibilities for possible investment into Liverpool.’
The news of FSG exploring a sale comes five months after Los Angeles Dodgers owner Todd Boehly’s consortium completed the purchase of Chelsea.
‘Great companies grow by adding value to their business,’ added Kennedy. ‘One way to increase that value from time to time is to sell assets or add investors. Does that mean FSG is going to sell Liverpool? I do not know.
‘It’s John Henry’s, Tom Werner’s and Mike Gordon’s job to responsibly run Fenway Sports Group and they felt this was an ideal time to explore possible opportunities for investment into the club.’
Sportsmail reported that FSG hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to help them sell the club after an approach from a potential US-based buyer was made.
Sources have reported that additional potential buyers have registered their interest since then.
Sam Kennedy is also the current CEO and president of the FSG-owned Boston Red Sox
Some reports have suggested that Liverpool’s price tag might be as high as £4bn ($4.7bn), not least because Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea for £2.5bn ($3bn), and Liverpool are perceived as a much bigger global brand.
But the Mail on Sunday can reveal that people close to negotiations claim FSG would be ready to sell for £2.7bn ($3bn). That would still represent a massive profit on the £300m ($355m) they paid in 2010, even taking into account a few hundred million pounds of investment in stadium expansion and training ground development.
The £4bn ($4.7bn) figure has been encouraged by those close to the sales process hoping that bidders might come in with offers between £3bn ($3.5bn) and £3.5bn ($4bn) and thinking they have a bargain at that price.
Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea for £2.5bn ($3bn) to Todd Beohly’s consortium this year
Sportsmail reported last week that Liverpool are in talks with US buyers to sell the club
While the identity of the bidder remains a mystery, LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Boston Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca have been linked to the club. The Ricketts family who pulled out of bidding for Chelsea at the 11th hour are understood to not be interested in Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Dubai International Capital ‘could be eyeing’ a deal to buy the club, according to reports in the Middle East. DIC failed to buy the club in 2007 after making a £312m bid.
Liverpool director Mike Gordon is set to take a step back with chief executive Billy Hogan to take greater responsibility for operations.
LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has been linked to the Premier League giants
Chicago Cubs owners, the Ricketts family are understood to not be interested in Liverpool
Gordon will now focus on a potential sale of Liverpool, according to The Athletic.
‘Mike Gordon has done an extraordinary job of leading the club for the past decade-plus,’ Kennedy said.
‘He will be taking a step back from that role and Billy Hogan will be taking on more and more. Billy’s someone we’re particularly proud of in the Red Sox front office, he grew up in our organization.’