Liverpool FC, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, has been put up for sale.
According to The Athletic, the club’s current owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), are “inviting shows” and have made a full offer of sales to interested parties.
It was bought by FSG in 2010 for around $340 million, and any Liverpool sale is now expected to fetch up to $4.6 billion, according to BBC Sport.
A FSG spokesperson told The Athletic: “FSG has repeatedly received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool.”
“FSG has previously said that under the correct terms and conditions we will consider new shareholders if it is in the best interest of Liverpool as a club.”
Below, we take a look at the parties that have been reported to be interested in taking over the Merseyside Club.
Redbird Capital Partners
One of those linked to the purchase of Chelsea FC earlier this year, RedBird Capital Partners already owns an 11% stake in FSG.
The private equity firm already has ownership stakes in football club Toulouse and Italian football side AC Milan, which it bought for $1.1 billion in August.
Founder Jerry Cardinale, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, previously refused to rule out owning Liverpool entirely.
“I certainly wouldn’t rule it out because it would be a privilege,” he said last year, according to The Mirror.
Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan
It is alleged that Sheikh Khaled, a member of the ruling Al Nahyan family in Abu Dhabi, tried to buy Liverpool in 2018.
According to SportsMail, he contacted FSG representatives in late 2017 and early 2018 before making a $2.3 billion offer, which was turned down.
Had the deal been done, it would have been the most expensive purchase of a football club in history.
Shortly after reports emerged that Liverpool was for sale, McGregor said he “would like” to buy the club.
In response to a fan on Twitter who urged the former UFC champion to buy Liverpool, he said: “You asked for my info on this, yes. Soon I heard. What a turn of events! What a club!”
McGregor also expressed interest in acquiring Chelsea FC in March when former owner and Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich put it up for sale.
unknown middle eastern party
According to The Mirror, just seven months ago, the FSG rejected a $3.4 billion offer for Liverpool from an unknown player in the Middle East.
The Mirror reported at the time that a number of other potential bidders – also mostly from the Middle East – were hovering around to wait and see if the FSG would change its mind about the sale.