Liverpool’s valuation is lower than price Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea for
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Liverpool's valuation for a potential sale is lower than the price Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea for.
The Reds could be undergoing a takeover in the near future after owners Fenway Sports Group reportedly put the club up for sale. As per The Athletic, the American company headed by John Henry are inviting offers, which could bring in new shareholders or see them cease control.
They bought Liverpool for £300million in October 2010 – but they're set to pocket over 10 times that amount if they do sell up completely. That's because Forbes estimate their investment to now be worth £3.5billion.
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Todd Boehly's purchase of their Premier League rivals Chelsea from Abramovich in May totalled £4.25bn, in comparison. However, a large portion of that was pledged investment, with the Stamford Bridge club actually worth around £2.3bn.
Liverpool £3.5bn estimation may seem steep in comparison, but any interested parties from the US would actually be getting a massive discount compared to a few months ago.
The recent fall of the pound means what would have been $4.4bn is now $4bn instead. Liverpool fans expecting a sale as swift as Chelsea's, which took just a matter of months, may want to hold their horses.
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Abramovich was forced to sell up and did so as quick as possible in the wake of his sanctioning from the UK Government, whereas FSG are in no rush and said they will only "consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club".
There was significant interest in Chelsea, most notably from the Ricketts family, owners of baseball team the Chicago Cubs, Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton.
Ratcliffe's late bid was rebuffed in favour of Boehly's consortium. But with a limited number of billionaires who would be able to buy Liverpool, it wouldn't be a surprise to see his name or other Chelsea bidders reemerge.
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