Liverpool’s immediate future will concern Fenway Sports Group (FSG), with the owners of The Reds confirming their intention to remain at Anfield and seek outside investment to help them take the next step.
A full sale seemed possible at one stage, but the most likely outcome quite early on was that a partial sale would be the way forward. That’s what John W Henry has since stated publicly, confirming his plans to the Boston Sports Journal.
As plans begin to emerge about what the future holds for Liverpool under current ownership and what the model will look like as Jürgen Klopp’s side attempt to return to the pinnacle of the sport, the comments from the chief of UEFA this week have not gone unnoticed. .
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Many within Liverpool have long admired the model the Red Bull group has put together, allowing players from Salzburg to transfer to Leipzig. As MLS grows, New York Red Bulls could be added to that chain more often.
This week, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin made it clear in an interview with Gary Neville on The Overlap that the rules surrounding a multi-club model could soon change – seemingly for little reason other than to benefit many big clubs.
UEFA has already made provisions for Salzburg and Leipzig to not only both play in Europe, but actually play each other in the same competition, and now more drastic and permanent changes to the rules can be made.
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Manchester United are up for sale and one of the main contenders, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, also owns Nice. A stumbling block in that deal would be removed if he was allowed to own both clubs at the same time. Čeferin suggested that could soon be possible.
Now The Guardian reports that Chelsea are already considering buying Strasbourg, with Todd Boehly wasting no time in exploiting the latest proposed changes.
Chelsea, the report says, is looking to step up talks on a deal based on what Čeferin said and has also already looked at buying lots in Belgium and Portugal to ensure all key markets for emerging talent be closed.
The Newcastle United owner has spoken openly about the possibility of a similar arrangement being something they could consider in the future, and as the pressure mounts at the top of the game, with UEFA having opened the door, it feels like a matter of time before ownership of multiple clubs is almost essential.
Whether or not such a radical change would be a good thing for football is debatable, but if everyone joins in, Liverpool will no doubt consider its position. behind.
In September it was reported in Brazil (via The Rio Times) that FSG was considering purchasing Clube Atlético Mineiro to launch a network of clubs in South America – although it never transpired that would mean access to another major talent pool have meant.
Having an agreement with a club in Europe can also be useful as a location to develop players or find a way for them to gain enough experience to move to the UK after Brexit, in addition to simply having a direct presence in particular regions to show a tangible path to the top.
Exactly what Liverpool’s future looks like with FSG is yet to be determined, with the identity of the group investing in Anfield still unclear. But UEFA’s strong hint of imminent changes should certainly influence things at some point.
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