An enormous valuation has been put on Liverpool as FSG prepare for offers, according to reports. It won’t be long now.
The Liverpool Echo reports that there could be offers for Liverpool before long. Investors are expected to put offers to FSG ‘in the coming weeks’ through investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.
Those are the two outfits instructed to lead the search for FSG. It’s believed that private equity and institutional investors are about ready to show their hands when it comes to Liverpool.
Though, that doesn’t necessarily mean FSG like what they see. It’s essentially step one in any negotiations – it could be that nothing takes their fancy. Alternatively, this is a chance for Liverpool’s owners to truly figure out what they want from talks.
After all, it’s never been clear. Initial reports claimed the entire club was up for sale, while more recently there’s been talk of a simple minority stake being given up. Both offer wildly different futures for Liverpool.
FSG to receive Liverpool offers
This comes as Sportico use their contacts to put a rough valuation on Liverpool. Through their contacts, they believe the Reds are the second most-valuable club in the Premier League right now.
Manchester United – also up for sale – top the list at £4.8bn. That’s a gigantic 28 per cent increase on the last two years, which should tell you all you need to know about why the Glazer family are looking to sell up.
Then comes Liverpool, put at around £3.8bn. Their increase of 14 per cent isn’t quite as dramatic as United’s but still very solid. FSG’s apparent desire to maintain a majority stake would suggest they see much more growth in the coming years, though.
What’s certainly clear is that FSG stand to make an enormous amount of money. They purchased Liverpool for £300m back in 2010. Now even a 10 per cent sale would make a considerable profit for them.