Boston Celtics and Atalanta co-owner Stephen Pagliuca has confirmed he has looked at investing in Liverpool but he has refused to reveal whether he has had discussions about a potential takeover recently.
The American billionaire says he did look into buying the Reds before FSG took control in 2010. He was also involved in a failed bid for Chelsea last year, and when asked whether he had also considered another offer for Liverpool, he said:
“I looked at Liverpool about 15 years ago when they had that situation. I can’t talk specifically about any transactions we are working on because of confidentiality agreements but obviously we are aware of those transactions.”
“The questions on those transactions in general is what price level do we think is sustainable? Obviously, the Chelsea process which received a record price has probably motivated folks to try and monetise clubs that they have owned for a long time, and we are certainly in a period where values have been driven up.”
FSG’s principal owner John W Henry has ruled out an outright sale of the club in the immediate future, with the Reds said to be seeking minority investors.
Considering Pagliuca’s track record, that isn’t something he is likely to be interested in, although his remarks about the inflated prices of Premier League clubs may suggest he would be better suited for taking a minority stake. We shall have to wait and see whether he does make an approach for Liverpool in the future.