Liverpool’s chances of being bankrolled by a third-party Chinese company were ruined in 2016 when the Chinese government put regulations on increasingly lavish football spending.
The Independent use Simon Hughes’ book ‘On the Brink; A Journey Through English Football’s North West,’ to state that Inner Circle, the Manhattan based agency, were used as in intermediary to put FSG in contact with a so far unnamed billionaire company.
This way, there was no paper trail, but the conversation ended when it became apparent that the Chinese government had added legislation to stop money being invested in such a way into football on foreign soil.
There were two other approaches by Chinese companies to invest in Liverpool in 2016, but neither China Everbright or SinoFortone were successful.
FSG are willing to sell a minority stake in the club, and always have been – but for now – there’s nothing immediately on the horizon.
Fans have criticised our American owners for a lack of ambition in the transfer market, but this summer, they made hundreds of millions available to Jurgen Klopp – who himself decided he couldn’t spend it properly and would prefer to wait until his no.1 targets obtainable.