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"They will look" - Liverpool owner John W Henry linked with bid for new team after putting Reds up for sale

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"They will look" - Liverpool owner John W Henry linked with bid for new team after putting Reds up for sale

Liverpool owner John W Henry has been linked with a bid for another sports team, as per reports.

It was claimed by The Athletic that Henry and FSG had placed Liverpool up for sale, which would bring to a close their 12-year ownership of the club if a sale is to be completed.

FSG responded to this news, stating that they 'would consider new shareholders', but only if it was 'in the best interests of Liverpool as a club'.

Since then, a host of investors have been linked with taking over the club, including Dubai International Capital. They failed in a previous attempt to buy Liverpool in 2006.

However, one person who likely will not be taking over the Reds is Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

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The majority owner of the Ineos chemical group and a Man United fan, Ratcliffe has decided, as per The Telegraph, that he is no longer interested in Liverpool or any other Premier League club.

Whilst rumours over the future ownership of the Merseyside club continues to swirl, meanwhile, current owner Henry has been linked with purchasing another sports team.

John W Henry linked with new venture

Prior to buying Liverpool in 2010 for £300 million, Henry and FSG had already made an investment in the US sports market.

They took over Major League Baseball side Boston Red Sox in 2002. The Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 - the first time they had done so in 86 years.

And in 2007, they entered into NASCAR, forming Roush Fenway Racing by purchasing a 50 per cent stake in the original Roush Racing Team.

Now, they have been linked with being a 'possible bidder' for the NFL side Washington Commanders, as per the New York Post.

Washington Commanders in NFL action (Credit: Alamy)
Washington Commanders in NFL action (Credit: Alamy)

They claim that FSG would need around $4 billion in equity to buy the Commanders - although they would likely face major competition from a bidding bloc co-formed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, rapper Jay-Z and actor Matthew McConaughey.

Forbes, meanwhile, values the team at $5.6 billion, as of August 2022.

A source then told the Post that Henry and FSG 'will look at the Commanders'.

If FSG do take over the Commanders, they would be in a marginally similar situation to when they took over the Red Sox in terms of a win drought, with the Washington-based outfit having not won the Super Bowl for 31 years.

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Topics: Liverpool, Premier League, NFL

Ryan Smart
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