It looks like Gillett and Hicks’ American Dream of riding into Liverpool and turning them into title winners has now turned into an American nightmare punctuated by increasingly poor management of the media. The Guardian reports that one of the main isssues was:
“Gillett having been enraged by his co-chairman’s admission that they approached Jürgen Klinsmann about Rafael Benítez’s job and by the amount of debt the Texan wants to put on to the club’s books.”
And now the Guardian reports that Dubai International Capital, the investment wing of the Dubai government, are willing to offer Liverpool’s American owners a lifeline:
“For their part, and despite frequent public denials, Hicks and Gillett are understood to be receptive to DIC’s interest in the entire company, but only for a price that would give them a huge profit on their initial £218.9m investment. It is believed DIC inquired informally whether a £300m bid might be acceptable approximately 10 days ago and were told the Americans were seeking a far greater return. DIC’s formal bid for Liverpool would have to be in the region of £350m.”
So is this million pound game of brinkmanship going to end in tears?