The club was bought less than five years ago for £300m but is now “unofficially” on the market again. Fenway Sports Group (FSG) will also require any potential suitors pay off the £114m interest-free loan provided by the club’s owners for the redevelopment of Anfield’s main stand.
Winner Sports understands that Fenway Sports Group have received interest from several parties, including Aliko Dangote (Africa’s richest man) & the house of Al Maktoum (Royal family of Dubai). Sources claim two American billionaires could also be potential buyers.
The Boston billionaires are frustrated at the dilution of Financial Fair Play rules (FFP) and are talking with businessman who have close connections to Dubai’s Al Maktoum royal family.
Aliko Dangote (Africa’s richest man) has business interests include sugar, flour and oil. The Nigerian commodities businessman is worth an estimated $18.4billion (£11.69bn).
The Nigerian has repeatedly expressed interest in buying Arsenal FC. Speaking to Bloomberg, he said: “I still hope, one day at the right price, that I will buy the team.
“I might buy it, not at a ridiculous price but a price that the owners won’t want to resist. I know my strategy.”
A financial source told Winner Sports: “Mr Dangote has been waiting patiently for a top Premier League club and would be interested in Liverpool at the right price.”
“He feels Kroenke and Usmanov won’t sell Arsenal anytime soon and is ready to make his move into English football.”
“Liverpool is a possibility, but the amount of capital required to pump into this club to make it competitive within England & Europe means that the valuation we have cannot go any higher.”
Any takeover would inevitably raise questions over the future of manager Brendan Rodgers who is already under pressure.
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