Liverpool owners FSG have adopted a new stance on a potential takeover that’ll positively affect their transfer plans, though a touted new arrival has been dismissed, per reports.
Fenway Sports Group expressed their interest in selling Liverpool FC in mid-November. The American owners bought the Reds back in 2010 and have overseen tremendous on-field success during the latter half of their reign.
Anfield has also seen multiple redevelopments, though criticism has been levelled their way with regards to caution in the transfer market and their involvement in the failed European Super League.
Sky Sports reported a ‘realistic’ valuation of Liverpool is around £2.75billion. Manchester United – who were put up for sale by the unpopular Glazer family soon after – are valued around the £4billion mark.
But while the official statement out of United spoke clearly of a complete sale, the wording in Liverpool’s announcement was more cautious.
FSG declared they were open to a partial sale through outside investment as well as an outright takeover. Now, according to the Boston Globe, a partial sale is fast becoming the likeliest outcome.
They reported FSG’s announcement last month was in part with a view to gauging interest and determining at what price potential investors valued the club.
It’s claimed concrete interest in a full takeover has not materialised, though that’s not to say FSG are disappointed with that outcome.
Partial sale likely, with money going towards transfers
Instead, they’re now leaning towards a partial sale that would see outside investors purchase a minority stake in the club. That could come with a view to the investor ultimately becoming the majority shareholder over time, though that’s pure speculation at this point.
Should outside investment be secured, the report claims the cash injection would be put towards ‘player acquisitions and capital improvements’.
As such, Liverpool’s break-even policy in the transfer market could become a thing of the past while FSG are still in majority control of the club.
That will be music to the ears of Jurgen Klopp whose primary target, Jude Bellingham, is likely to require a new club record.
Borussia Dortmund value the England superstar around the £130m mark. A figure in that range would also become the Premier League’s most expensive transfer.
New arrival myth busted
The Reds’ recruitment team will be two men light come the summer. Sporting Director, Julian Ward. and Head of Research, Ian Graham, have both resigned, with the former to officially leave his post at season’s end.
Ward has only held the sporting director role since last summer upon succeeding the much heralded Michael Edwards. However, Ward is understood to be seeking a break from football and will leave when the current campaign concludes.
The Times reported Jurgen Klopp has taken a more hands-on approach to transfers over the last 12 months. They also stated the German will have a say on who’s drafted in to replace Ward.
One name reportedly in the frame was Sven Mislintat who counts Dortmund, Arsenal and Stuttgart among his past employers.
However, according to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Mislintat to Liverpool is not on the cards.
He tweeted Mislintat ‘won’t become’ Liverpool’s next sporting director. He added Mislintat is not a candidate in their crosshairs and no talks have been held.