Mukesh Ambani, the world’s eighth richest person, is reportedly eyeing up a bid to take over Liverpool after the club were put up for sale by their current owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG). The Indian businessman has a net worth of an eye-watering £90billion, and has previously enquired about buying the Merseyside giants on a number of occasions.
FSG stunned the footballing world earlier this week when they said they would be open to listening to offers for Liverpool, who they took charge of in 2010. They have presided over one of the most successful eras in the Reds’ recent history, with Jurgen Klopp’s side winning a Premier League title, a Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and European Super Cup over the past few years.
A statement from FSG read: “There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumors of changes in ownership at EPL clubs and inevitably we are asked regularly about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool.
“FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club.”
And now, according to The Mirror, Ambani has become one of the front-runners to buy the Anfield outfit. Tom Hicks and George Gillett are believed to be willing to sell Liverpool for a fee of around £4bn, which shouldn’t be a problem for Ambani in theory.
The 65-year-old is known to be a huge sports fan, and owns IPL cricket side Mumbai Indians, while he helped to set up Indian football’s Super League. His investment would also potentially allow the Reds the ability to splash out huge sums of cash on transfers – something they haven’t been able to do in recent years when compared to the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
It remains to be seen whether anything progresses in the coming days, but if Ambani does secure the club fans will be desperate for him to convince the ever-popular Klopp to extend his stay at Anfield.
Speaking about what a new owner could mean for his future ahead of his team’s game against Southampton this weekend, the German said: “What I read they are looking for investment. Good idea, I like that. For me, it means nothing, whatever happens, if it does change, I am committed to the club.”
“Chelsea got sold. We are looking for investors. It is completely different. As far as I know they (FSG) are looking for investors and that makes sense. Whatever happens I am committed to the club. Nobody had a heart attack when they heard the news.”