Ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has predicted how much it would cost to buy Liverpool after it was revealed that FSG are open to selling the club.
FSG (Fenway Sports Group) have been Liverpool’s owners since 2010. The company founded by John W. Henry and Tom Werner purchased the club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The owners have been criticised in recent years for not backing Jurgen Klopp enough in the transfer market. They are often left behind the likes of Man City and Man Utd in terms of spending.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported on Monday afternoon that FSG are now ‘inviting offers’ from interested parties to buy Liverpool.
This comes a few months after Todd Boehly’s consortium paid around £4.25bn to become the new owners of Chelsea.
In response to this report, FSG have stated that they “would consider new shareholders” but they “remain committed” to Liverpool.
Jordan thinks the club’s owners will cash in if around £5bn is offered to purchase the club.
“It’s been for sale for some time. The American interest in our football clubs has been there for some time,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“If someone walks through the door and offers FSG £5billion then Liverpool are sold. End of discussion. Probably less than that, actually.
“The bottom line is that at this moment, that’s not the case.
“The Raine Group believe that as a result of the Chelsea deal there’s an appetite now for supposed grownups to really go after these big football clubs because the value of them has inherent opportunities for a variety of other things.
“I’ll be surprised if FSG don’t come into play and come into play more meaningfully because they’ve already done it with Redbird being an acquisition model that bought a significant percentage of their business and took some of their media rights away for another project.”
Jordan also thinks that Liverpool will “be in some formal play”.
“It’s two different things being put up for sale and having someone knock on your front door,” Jordan added.
“Have they got a ‘for sale’ sign outside? I don’t think so, but the very nature of their ownership and the very nature of their involvement in sport is that everything is for sale and everything has a business side to it that will make sense to them with the quantum of cash that’s available to them in a marketplace that’s now seeing football clubs very, very differently.
“For a long time, bankers and sections of the economic community saw football as a standing joke and saw football as an opportunity to turn a big fortune into a small one.
“They’re now looking at it differently and you’re seeing people like Todd Boehly, you’re seeing leveraged purchases like the Glazers did in 2006 and you’ve seen it replicated with lesser football clubs like Burnley, so you know that this model and the appetite for football clubs is now transcending just the blue-chip ones because even clubs like Burnley have been purchased on a leveraged model.
“So yes, Liverpool will be in some formal play.”
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