REVEALED: Liverpool begin talks with Saudi Arabian and Qatari consortia over a potential £3B takeover as Fenway Sports Group sets the wheels for a sale at Anfield
- Liverpool’s FSG owners have held talks with two Middle East-based consortia
- Sportsmail can reveal that Saudi and Qatari leaders have expressed interest in a purchase
- FSG announced their intentions to sell their stake in Liverpool earlier this month
- Both interested parties would be private companies and not state companies
Liverpool have held talks with two Middle East-based consortia over a £3 billion takeover.
The mail on Sunday has learned that representatives of consortia from Saudi Arabia and Qatar have expressed interest in buying the club.
Several sources report that officials from the consortium have approached Fenway Sports Group director Mike Gordon – the man responsible for the sale of Liverpool – to express their interest.
Liverpool’s FSG owners have held takeover talks with two Middle East-based consortia
It is clear that both groups are private companies rather than state companies.
However, both consortia are said to have close ties to their country’s ruling families.
Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal this week encouraged takeover bids for both Liverpool and Manchester United.
Both clubs have been exploring potential sales opportunities over the past month.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that consortia representatives from Saudi Arabia and Qatar have expressed interest in buying the club
FSG announced their intentions to sell their majority stake in Liverpool earlier this month
“From the private sector I can’t speak for them, but there is a lot of interest and appetite and there is a lot of passion for football.
“If there is, we will certainly support it [Saudi] the private sector is joining because we know it will have a positive impact on sport in the kingdom.”
The kingdom’s state-backed Public Investment Fund (PIF) has already taken over Newcastle United.
Liverpool is also in talks with a US-based buyer, while Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe and tech giants Apple have been linked to bids from United.
FSG have enjoyed great success at Liverpool in recent years, winning the Champions League in 2019
Sports mail revealed that Manchester United are confident they can snatch potential buyers from Liverpool in what is expected to be a war for the highest bidder.
Sports mail understands that those closely involved in the process believe United are a far more attractive prospect than their old foes because they have superior global reach.
And by acting now, on Liverpool’s heels, they believe the biggest financial names in the market will turn their interest to Old Trafford rather than Anfield.
Liverpool was valued at £3.89bn by Forbes in May, and United are thought to be expecting more than £5bn and hoping for £6-8bn. Chelsea’s sale to a consortium for £2.5bn – with a guarantee of a further £1.75bn investment in the club – has also not gone unnoticed.