The Qatari Royal Family are not interested in buying Liverpool, despite claims suggesting otherwise, according to a fresh report.
Last month the football and financial world were put on red alert as it was revealed that Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) were listening to offers for the club.
FSG, who bought the Reds in 2010 for just £300million, had engaged US banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to help seek outside investment.
While the Liverpool owners stopped short of admitting they were willing to sell, they admitted that under “the right terms and conditions” they would “consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club.”
The reports sparked a wave of speculation regarding whether the Americans were pursuing a partial sale of the club or a full takeover.
A number of names have been tipped to take over the club if FSG were to pursue the latter option, with American venture capitalists, European consortiums, and oil-rich Middle Eastern states all believed to be interested.
Qatari royal family clarify stance
There were reports that the Qatari Royal Family – who already own French champions Paris Saint-Germain – could be interested in acquiring Liverpool.
However, ESPN sources have dismissed such reports and insisted that the Qatar Olympic Committee president Sheikh Jooan Al Thani is not in talks to buy the Merseyside club.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamas Al Thani, who is the Emir of Qatar, owns PSG through the country’s state-run sovereign wealth fund, Qatar Sports Investment (QSI).
According to ESPN, QSI is fully focused on PSG, with UEFA rules claiming that two Champions League clubs can not be directly or indirectly owned by the same party.
QSI purchased PSG for €50 million (£43million) in 2011, and have since won eight Ligue 1 titles. The club is now valued at a whopping €4 billion (£3.45billion).