Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are interested in selling a stake in the club but will not consider selling the club outright.
Last month Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian was reported to have been snubbed by the owners following an “unsolicited offer” while prior to that, a Qatari investment group had been linked with a possible takeover.
Werner though claims they haven’t entertained anyone and he may be making reference to Yiqian with his comments when he talks of binning any offers received by post.
“We’ve said it before and I’d like to say it again: this club is not for sale,” said Werner via The Liverpool Echo.
“I’d say that from time to time somebody says they have made an offer to us but they are really saying that just for publicity.
“People throw offers to us which we don’t think are real. We haven’t had a discussion or a negotiation with anyone because this club is not for sale.
“If someone wants to write us a letter saying they want to buy the club then it will get put in the garbage.
“I don’t think that we could have made a long-term arrangement with Jurgen without an understanding on both sides about our future together.
“At the same time we’ve been clear that we actively pursue commercial opportunities which in turn helps us invest in the squad and win football matches.
“These commercial discussions can be complex and we’ve said in the past, under the right conditions and absolutely with the right partner, we could look at some small investment stake in the club.
“But only in the framework of doing what would be in the club’s long-term best interests. I want to reiterate that the club is not for sale.”
We’re sure Yiqian will be alerted to Werner’s comments, comments that many will see as an indirect response to his alleged approach.
‘We don’t want to sell to you but you can pay for the new stand if you like, mush!’ … Ok, maybe we’re reading Werner’s comments wrong [ED: Highly unlikely. DKB!] but he certainly wants to get FSG’s stance out publicly.
We’ve maintained that FSG are not actively looking to sell at the present time and a couple of KOPTALK insiders on our members’ website have stated for some time that they are open to bringing in some minor investment. Finding such can be difficult though because there’s not many people out there willing to hand over millions of pounds for little input or return.
In the same ‘interview’ Werner also admitted that the club are yet to find a naming rights partner for the new stand while stating he didn’t think it would be good to set any targets on what the team should achieve this season.
He added: “We’ve had a lot of interest in it (main stand) but there’s nothing at the moment, just conversations … I don’t think it’s helpful to set any targets publicly [on how the team should do].”
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