LIVERPOOL are the latest Premier League club being lined up for a Middle Eastern takeover.
Manchester City are already owned by Sheikh Mansour who is member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.
Now a member of his family has set his sights on snapping up Liverpool and has more than £700million in the bank waiting to complete a deal.
Starsport revealed at the start of the month that talks have already opened on a proposed sale.
They added: “Although the identity of the bidder remains a closely guarded secret, one likely candidate is Sheikh Khalifa, the president of the United Arab Emirates.
“He is estimated to be worth more than £30billion and is even wealthier than his half-brother, Sheikh Mansour who has turned City into two time champions since buying the club in 2008.”
Liverpool are currently owned by the Fenway Sports Group.
The American sports investment company bought the Reds for £300m in October 2010 but since then their value has soared and they are now valued at around £650m.
Last year American business magazine Forbes ranked Liverpool as the eighth most valuable football club in the world, largely on the back of the record-breaking new £5.136bn Premier League TV deal, which kicks in next season, but also as a result of the club’s increased commercial activities.
Despite their relative lack of silverware in the last two decades or so – certainly in terms of Premier League success – the proud history and past glories the club have enjoyed means they have remained an attractive proposition.
That, along with the thought of massive investment – on a scale even larger than that seen at Manchester City in recent years – would certainly have a few rival Premier League clubs concerned.
Could such a takeover lift Liverpool back to the summit of English football?