Syrian ‘buyer’ in Liverpool hunt again
Fernando Torres returns to training at Liverpool today with the club on the brink of a controversial takeover bid which may affect the player’s thinking about his future.
Suggestions yesterday that ex-Syrian international footballer and millionaire businessman Yahya Kirdi may be ready to make a £400m bid for the club, the same ‘buyer’ who surfaced in April in a rash of publicity that came to nothing, appear to be a smokescreen to fend off an imminent hostile bid for the club which would place a valuation on Liverpool far lower than owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks would be willing to pay.
The Americans may be left with no choice in the matter by their bankers Royal Bank of Scotland but Mr Kirdi’s name may have been put forward again to at least delay a forced sale to the prospective new buyer.
RBS have made it clear to the Americans that they want new finance for the club but have a legal requirement to consider any bid brought to them by Hicks or Gillett, who has introduced Kirdi to the club, before proceeding with a particular bidder.
Gillett will not comment but it does appears that the £500m sale of the club that he and Hicks had anticipated when they brought in non-executive chairman Martin Broughton with the specific task of overseeing the sale has not been forthcoming.
Instead, the prospective bid may see Hicks and Gillett be forced by RBS to accept a sale by which they would stand to make a loss on their initial investment.
Liverpool’s value has dropped as they have slipped out of Champions League football and prepare to begin a league campaign for which even Jamie Carragher has warned that the aspiration should be a top-four finish, rather than a title.
The question for the Liverpool board, who saw Roy Hodgson’s side lose 1-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach in their last pre-season friendly yesterday, is whether uncertainty over the club will persuade Torres that his future lies elsewhere.