Stephen Pagliuca, co-owner of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Serie A’s Atalanta, has become the ‘new favourite’ to become the owner of Liverpool.
The Reds’ current owners, FSG, announced on Monday that they were willing to listen to investment offers and, according to a report in the Daily Star (via TEAMTALK), US group Bain Capital is now leading the way.
The company is believed to be worth around a whopping £119bn, while Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is worth around £17bn.
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The report also states that John Henry knows Pagliuca well, which could make negotiations a bit easier.
The 67-year-old was rumored to be interested in taking charge of Chelsea before fellow American Todd Boehly completed a deal to replace Roman Abramovich in May.
In August, however, former Burger King director Pagliuca was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying: “What you learn in this business is that worry or regret doesn’t do anything.
“You just have to wake up the next day and, you know, refocus. I told my partners and investors that we would pay a premium, but it would be a fiscally responsible premium.”
This is certainly an uncertain time for the fanbase right now.
FSG may have divided opinion since taking over the club in 2010, but there’s no denying that he has helped transform the club both on and off the pitch.
However, the statement issued by our current owners did not suggest that they were willing to separate completely from the club, but rather suggested that they are eager to receive further investment from other parties.
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