Mukesh Ambani bidding for Liverpool? Reliance says no
Reliance Industries Ltd has denied the media reports suggesting that Mukesh Ambani was bidding for Liverpool Football Club. Liverpool is presently owned by American duo George Gillett and Tom Hicks, who acquired the club in February 2007.business Updated: Feb 09, 2010 10:55 IST
Indian industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Subroto Roy are reportedly in the race for a 51 per cent stake in Liverpool football club bidding to pay off its 237 million pounds debt.
Liverpool is presently owned by American duo George Gillett and Tom Hicks, who acquired the club in February 2007.
One of the most successful clubs in the history of English football, Liverpool emerged as a takeover target for
Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and the seventh-richest man in the world, as pressure mounted on Hicks and
Gillett to cut a deal to sell the club, The Times reported today.
When contacted in Delhi, a Reliance spokesman denied the reports. "We are not bidding for Liverpool," he said.
There was no immediate word on the issue from the Sahara Group owned by Roy.
Both Ambani and Roy have reportedly each tendered similar bids to pay off Liverpool's 237 million pounds debt in
return for a 51 per cent stake in the club.
Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow also denied any knowledge of bids by Ambani and Roy, but The Times
reported that approaches began as early as November and that some preliminary talks had taken place.
Reported disagreements between Gillett and Hicks, and the lack of the fans' support, have led to rumours that that
international buyers such as the Dubai International Capital would bid for the club.