Report: Liverpool owner John Henry open to sale

Report: Liverpool owner John Henry open to sale
Fenway Sports Group founder running “passive sales process” for Premier League giants.

American businessman John Henry has signalled that he is willing to sell Premier League giants Liverpool, according to the New York Post.

The 69-year-old, whose Fenway Sports Group (FSG) bought Liverpool for UK£300 million in October 2010, is running a “passive sales process” for the top-flight English soccer club, a source told the US daily newspaper.

Henry has not publicly voiced his intent to sell Liverpool, but the Post’s report suggests that he is privately entertaining offers in an informal process outside of an official auction. The club was recently valued at US$1.94 billion by Forbes, although Henry is said to be looking for a price in excess of US$2 billion.

“It’s for sale if he can get the right price,” the source added.

The New York Post also said that two other sources indicated that Liverpool are essentially up for sale. The newspaper received no response from Henry’s representatives when it called for comment.

In August, the Daily Mail reported that in late 2017 Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan, whose family governs Abu Dhabi, and a Chinese partner made an unsuccessful approach to buy Liverpool. Representatives for FSG then said in the same month that the club was not for sale.

FSG also owns recently crowned Major League Baseball (MLB) champions the Boston Red Sox, 80 per cent of the New England Sports Network and 50 per cent of Roush Fenway Racing. Sources told the Post that the Red Sox suffered financial losses during the 2018 season despite their World Series win, but it is not yet known whether there is a connection between the team’s finances and Henry’s intent to sell Liverpool. 

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