David Lynch, writing for ThisisAnfield, has provided an update on the current ownership situation at Anfield.
According to Lynch: “It still feels like FSG’s preferred outcome at this early stage would be a full sale, even amid claims that they are leaning toward relinquishing only a minority stake.”
Earlier reports had suggested recently that FSG would prefer selling a minority stake in the club rather than a full sale. Lynch offers a different view.
Liverpool turned over €701M last year, the highest revenue the club ever recorded.
The fact that Liverpool did not spend in the January transfer window could lead some to believe that a sale may be in the pipeline. It would not be in FSG’s interest to spend €100M or more shortly before selling the club.
Missing out on the Champions League would make the club less enticing to any potential suitors. It was a risk to not strengthen in January.
According to the report: “Clues as to FSG’s true intentions can also be found in the club’s most recently published accounts, which appear to show debt repayment being prioritised over making cash available for transfers”.
But there is hope for a positive outcome as Lynch mentions, “mercifully, there remains hope that some much-needed certainty will arrive before the summer, particularly with exploratory talks still being currently held with Qatari, German, US and Saudi investors interested in a buyout.”
With news that conversations have been taking place with parties in the Middle East, Europe and North America, and with a brand that’s as well known around the world as Liverpool, fans will be praying that a buyer will step in before a summer where it’s expected that Liverpool will need to spend big to compete with the rest of the leading pack in the Premier League.