'Things have completely changed': Journalist makes Liverpool takeover claim that was once 'unthinkable'
Journalist David Lynch has been discussing a potential Liverpool takeover by a joint Saudi-Qatari consortium on the Blood Red Podcast.
A month has passed since it emerged that Fenway Sports Group had put the Reds on the market. This has led to a number of parties being linked with a takeover of Liverpool.
Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, Dubai Investment Company and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment are just some of the parties who have been linked with the Reds.
Now, according to Lynch, one of the parties leading the interest is a joint consortium of Saudi Arabian and Qatari investors.
This is something that he says would’ve been “unthinkable” in the past, from a diplomatic perspective.
‘Things look a lot brighter’
Now, the prospect of buying Liverpool could be an “olive branch” between the two countries, claimed Lynch.
“It’s still early days in this takeover process, but I’ve been told that one of the parties that are leading the interest is a joint consortium of Saudi and Qatar investors,” Lynch said.
“It would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago given the diplomatic relations between those countries, but things have thawed considerably in the last couple of years.
“We’ve seen their rulers sat next to each other at the World Cup and things look a lot brighter. And that’s opened up the possibility of these two companies form these companies to bid for Liverpool.
“The opening bid they’re hoping to lodge to FSG is around £3.2bn, and that’s a bid that is going to come with a lot of wealth behind it.
“The fact they’ve paired up because they didn’t want to be the two richest sides of a bidding war and allow the price to get out of control is an interesting one. It’s not something you could’ve envisioned a couple of years ago.
“Things have completely changed and Liverpool may be part of a strategy to be an olive branch of sorts to bring these two together and buy the club.”
Lynch previously wrote on The Sporting News that the Saudi-Qatari consortium is in the race alongside a coalition of German investors, who are further along in the process of tabling a bid to FGS.
An unnamed American consortium has also reportedly registered its interest in putting forward an offer.
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