Henry values Liverpool at £1bn – are they ripe for takeover? 

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Liverpool owner John W. Henry has placed a staggering £1bn price tag on the club, after it emerged as a target of super-rich investor, Amanda Staveley.

The British businesswoman, who has links to billionaires in the Middle East, was present for the Reds’ recent away match against Newcastle in the Premier League, and has already opened preliminary talks to buy the club, as reported by ​Sunday Mirror Sport.

Staveley heads PCP Capital Partners, a company that acts as a vehicle for the investment of Middle Eastern money and has assets of £28bn, who are said to be keen on bidding for Liverpool after she tried and failed in the past.

In 2007 Staveley was working with some Dubai investors with regards to a takeover bid, but nothing materialised. Even last year her firm came in with a joint bid with Chinese company Everbright Limited, but she was, again, unsuccessful.

Interestingly, Staveley was a prominent figure in Sheikh Mansour’s purchase of Manchester City back in 2008, and is aware that Liverpool represent a coveted investment for Middle East billionaires.

It is not thought that Liverpool’s American owners particularly want to sell. However, they are businessmen and I’m convinced they would be interested in a deal if the price is right – £1bn anyone?

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