Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has confirmed that the takeover bid from Chinese businessman Kenny Huang is one of “several” offers for the club.
Huang values the club at £325m, and he has been in talks with the Royal Bank of Scotland over a proposed takeover at Anfield.
Liverpool are priced at 14/1 to win the Premier League title this season, yet under current American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the Reds owe RBS £237m.
Huang is reportedly willing to clear Liverpool’s debts with RBS, and then supply manager Roy Hodgson with the required transfer funds to strengthen the Reds’ squad ahead of the new season.
And if the sale can be completed before the closure of the transfer window on August 31st, it could have a bearing on the future of Liverpool’s talismanic striker Fernando Torres.
Torres has just returned to Liverpool training after winning the World Cup with Spain, and with 56 goals in 69 Premier League appearances, his homecoming will be gratefully received by all at the club.
“I feel the fans love me and everyone knows I am really happy here and really happy to play at Anfield,” he told the club’s website. “As I said earlier, I’m looking forward to starting the season and playing with my team-mates and for the fans.”
Priced at 7/1 to be the Premier League’s top scorer, Torres is crucial to Liverpool’s hopes not only because of his exploits on the pitch, but also because of the Spaniard’s mercantile value.
Torres’s commercial appeal is underlined by the fact that his name has been for the last two seasons the most printed on Premier League replica shirts.
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