Anfield chairman confirms interest in takeover.
The sale of Liverpool could be concluded this month, but chairman Martin Broughton insists the board remain in control of any deal.
Chinese businessman Kenny Huang has expressed his interest in assuming control of the Reds, with suggestions he would seek to acquire the club’s £237million debt from the Royal Bank of Scotland.
However, Broughton, who was brought into the club in April to facilitate a sale, revealed there had been “several” bids for the Reds and insisted the decision over the sale will be made by the Liverpool board.
“Any bids that go straight to RBS – and there have been several – come to me and are directed to Barcap (Barclays Capital),” he told the Guardian.
“RBS are not involved. The control remains with the board.”
Broughton, who was brought in to oversee the sale process, added: “It still remains the objective to conclude a deal before the end of the transfer window.
“That remains the objective but there are no deadlines, and we will continue working to complete the process.
“Both George Gillett and Tom Hicks remain on the board and they have given commitments that the board of Kop Holdings (Liverpool’s UK parent company) is the party that is responsible for the sale.” (Sky Sports)
Liverpool are in a pivotal period of their history right now and one wonders if a new owner will resolve all the issues the club is beset by, however it does seem that any alternative to the current American owners would be welcomed by most, if not all, Anfield supporters.
Clearly the paying off of debt is only step number one of any potential takeover but it will be interesting to see what happens next in this saga.