The Observer today brings us an “exclusive” – which, as exclusives go, gets us a little bit more hot under the collar than your average tabloid “exclusive”. According to Observer journos Duncan Castles and Richard Wachman, Liverpool owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks could be forced to sell Liverpool because they are having “difficulties in refinancing £350million of debt incurred in taking over and running the club”.
The Observer continues:
“Beset by the steeply rising costs of a new stadium and manager Rafa Benitez’s demands for new players, Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr have been attempting to transfer the debt, for which they are personally liable, on to the club itself. City sources believe this is an extremely difficult task to complete before the loan’s due date at the end of February.”
And if the Liverpool paymasters do miss the February deadline:
“An Arab investment group, Dubai International Capital, is understood to be close to lodging an offer to buy out the American pair, probably for about £500m. Takeover discussions are thought to be due before the end of this month.”
If this is all true, will Liverpool fans be comfortable switching owners yet again, or will this move be welcomed as it may signal more time being given to Rafa Benitez?