Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have entered talks over an exciting new investment which could see the company rise to $8billion (£6bn) in market value.
According to The Wall Street Journal (via Liverpool ECHO), John Henry has been presented with an opportunity to merge with Moneyball mogul Billy Beane. The Oakland Athletics stakeholder is hoping to buy a 25% share in FSG – his contribution would mean the company is eligible for new direction and a listing on the public stock market.
Businessman Henry is of course very keen on this idea and is therefore open to Beane buying a share in Fenway Sports Group.
A problem many fans have raised over the current club owners is their seemingly hesitant nature towards spending on the transfer market. Liverpool boast an impressive ‘sell to buy’ strategy which has seen them sign the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, but without offloading big money names it becomes a stick in the mud during the business window.
Signing Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara shocked the fanbase as the duo cost a combined £65million, but still nowhere near the funds pumped into Chelsea by Roman Abramovich. The Blues have splashed more than a mammoth £200million on transfers this summer, without offloading any big money names of their own.
Whilst the Reds don’t necessarily have to spend in order to succeed, having the option will help ensure they can continue their streak of success. With big names like Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho linked to an Anfield move, FSG must be willing to spend if they want to keep the club on top. This collaboration with Beane could be the answer to Liverpool’s murky financial situation.
If the Merseyside outfit can afford to sign players like Mbappe without being forced to sell one of their own, they will continue to dominate both England and Europe.