Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have pushed away a prospective bidder from making a Liverpool takeover offer due to their insistence on retaining a majority share in the club.
That’s according to sports finance journalist Alex Miller, who claims Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) have left negotiations with John Henry and co after failing to agree to minority investment.
Instead, they have now decided to pursue the Reds’ arch-rivals: Manchester United.
“QIA have moved on from Liverpool to Man United as they couldn’t negotiate a majority share with FSG…” Miller wrote.
“There are at least two Qatar-based parties interested in United.
“Unclear whether there remains any possible route back to Liverpool for QIA.”
As a result, the journalist added: A full sale of Liverpool is unlikely, sources close to the situation maintain.”
He then went on to reveal a somewhat ridiculous request made by FSG.
“QIA not willing to invest close to £2billion for a minority share in Liverpool,” he said.
FSG push QIA away from Liverpool takeover
Regardless of who the bidders were, the Anfield faithful will not be happy to hear FSG are adamant on keeping control over the club.
At this point, it has become evident that they’re not in ownership to see the team progress and win trophies.
Instead, it is more obvious than ever that it’s all about earning as large an increase on their investment as physically possible.
Having utilised the same Liverpool team for too long now, the squad is in dire need of additions.
FSG don’t seem willing to spend the money to do this, so they’re hoping to bring minority investment into the club.
However, a £2bn stake – to not even earn control of the side – is ludicrous. Prospective bidders will never pay that, especially since Henry originally bought the Reds for just £300m.