US investment firm RedBird Capital Partners are exploring the option to increase their stake in Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that preliminary talks have been held between RedBird and John Henry’s group over a potential deal.
The investment firm paid £533m for an 11 percent stake in FSG back in 2021, meaning they indirectly bought a minority stake in the Merseyside outfit.
Now, they are considering upping their stake in the Reds’ owners. This could ultimately lead to a £1bn cash injection for Henry and co, which would allow them to retain majority ownership of Liverpool.
As per the Mail, a source close to the firm said: “There is a growing feeling that FSG are not interested in selling Liverpool and are increasingly drawn to the idea of selling another minority stakeholding. A further 20% sale of FSG could generate £1billion.”
With bids for Manchester United expected next week, they added: “FSG are also watching the sale of Manchester United with interest. If United sells for £7billion, then the market value of Liverpool could rise significantly.”
RedBird could increase stake in FSG
This move would ultimately have a huge effect on Liverpool’s takeover prospects.
As touted with the likes of Qatar Investment Authority, these parties would prefer to acquire a controlling stake in the club.
FSG are reluctant to sanction this, instead preferring to sell a minority share, so they can retain overall possession.
However, with RedBird’s investment, Henry wouldn’t need to sell a large portion of the club, as the firm’s investment would provide them with a £1bn financial boost.
This would give RedBird an indirect stake in Liverpool and would allow FSG to retain their controlling ownership of the club.
Consequently, this would keep the current owners in power, likely meaning little difference will be made to Liverpool – a worrying prospect.
Fans have been expecting a takeover, many preferring a full takeover, so they will be reluctant to see FSG stay in control thanks to RedBird.