Liverpool FC ‘quietly for sale’ as owner John W Henry ‘entertaining offers’
Liverpool FC is ‘quietly on the market’ amid fresh speculation owner John W Henry is ready to sell the club.
The billionaire is "privately entertaining offers" for the Premier League giants, according to the New York Post.
They suggest the sports magnate, who also owns Boston Red Sox, is now in a position to "quietly" listen to potential buyers.
Henry purchased Liverpool for $447 million in 2010 but the Post claim he is looking for a price of around $2 billion for the Reds.
It was reported in August that Abu Dhabi tycoon Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahayan made an unsuccessful approach to buy Liverpool in late 2017.
It is unclear if the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour has cooled his interest after reportedly being rebuffed.
Fenway Sports Group — Henry’s holding company – denied that the club was up for sale this summer.
Football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes it is in the American’s best interest to stick it out.
“FSG see a lot more growth in the club,” says Maguire to the Liverpool Echo . “In their masterplan, they’ll believe in four to five years Liverpool will be worth closer to £3bn.
“The most recent Premier League takeover deal that went through was at Arsenal where Stan Kroenke bought out Alisher Usmanov. That valued Arsenal at around £1.8bn.
“While Arsenal have historically been able to generate more money from matchday revenue as they have a bigger stadium, Liverpool have taken steps to bridge that gap and are by far the more popular with sponsors and commercial partners because they have the history and heritage which appeals to an overseas fanbase.
“If Arsenal are worth £1.8bn then Liverpool are worth at least £2bn. And if they continue to succeed on the field then they could easily add another £500m in the next few years.
“From an FSG point of view, it would be daft to sell for £2bn.”
Liverpool return to Premier League action against Fulham at Anfield on Sunday.
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