John Henry says no to Chinese Takeover
Liverpool owner John W. Henry has rubbished speculation of an imminent Anfield takeover. It comes after talkSPORT’s Ian Abraham had boldly claimed a deal for the sale of the would be agreed by Christmas and possibly even the end of the week.
Abraham tweeted on Tuesday; My sources are telling me tonight, the Liverpool takeover is expected to be completed before Christmas and possibly by the end of this week.
To be fair Liverpool have been linked with a few high-profile takeover bids for some time. There was a rumour of an Abu-Dhabi-based buy that stayed in the news for a long time.
More recently the speculation has centred on a Chinese consortium and an £800m deal.
But Henry, who also controls Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, has now made it known that there is no truth to the latest rumour.
I love John W. Henry’s very swift reply; Good that your sources will be debunked so soon. Usually takes a long time!
Wow – prompt 100’s of Gifs going around twitter!!
Abraham replied with, “Well, thank you for so swiftly clearing that [up], only reporting what I had heard – look forward to meeting you at Anfield one day.”
Denied any plans
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo back in August, chairman Tom Werner denied any plans for Fenway Sports Group to sell Liverpool despite interest from potential buyers.
“We’ve said it before and I’d like to say it again: this club is not for sale. 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.”