Chinos compran Club de futbol ingles Liverpool / Chinese to buy Liverpool
El empresario Kenny Huang, muy probablemente compre acciones por 400 millones de euros del Liverpool. En realidad está respaldado por Pekín, indicó el rotativo The Times.
Chinese businessman Kenny Huang has admitted his interest in taking over Liverpool football club
ROJOS POR SIEMPRE: EL LIVERPOOL CAMBIA DE DUEÑO PERO NO DE COLOR
Reds to buy the Reds? Chinese government backs bid to take over Liverpool FC
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:49 PM on 5th August 2010
The Chinese government has been revealed as the mystery backer behind a bid to buy Liverpool Football Club.
The communist state's overseas investment arm China Investment Corporation is financing sports tycoon Kenny Huang’s attempt to take over the Premier League team.
It means China could effectively have control over Liverpool if the bid, which values the club at between £300million and £350million, is successful.
Its unpopular American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, were forced to put the club up for sale in April after coming under pressure for owing its lender, Royal Bank of Scotland, £237million.
The CIC-backed bid puts the Chinese in competition with at least two other suitors – American private equity firm Rhone Capital and a wealthy Kuwaiti family.
Prospective new Liverpool owner Kenny Huang has refused to comment on the claims.
'We will not confirm or deny any matter in relation to the Liverpool Football Club unless and until we and the representatives of Liverpool FC have chosen to do so jointly,' said a spokesman for the Hong Kong-based businessman.
It has been claimed that CIC has sold £351million worth of shares in the global financial services firm Morgan Stanley, of which it acquired a 9.9 per cent stake three years ago, in the last couple of weeks - a figure equivalent to the debts currently held by Liverpool.
Huang yesterday confirmed he was interested in acquiring Liverpool but had not made a formal bid.
The winning bid will have to be approved by the Premier League, which is believed to have been in discussions with all three bidders.
CIC, which also owns a stake in Canary Wharf, has about £188billion under management.
It would mean a second Premier League team being under foreign state control after Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi bought Manchester City.
Premier League clubs already in foreign hands include Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham, Chelsea, Manchester United, Sunderland and Chelsea, which was bought by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich as a trophy asset.
The Premier League has to clear any buyer - but the test is financial so it is thought unlikely the China-backed bid would be blocked.
Unpopular: Liverpool owners George Gillett, left, and Tom Hicks have been forced to put the debt-laden club up for sale
If successful, Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson would be given a transfer fund of around £150million to spend on a clutch of high-profile players.
Reds chairman Martin Broughton is hopeful of concluding a sale by the end of the month but the break-up of Hicks' sports empire has already begun in the United States.
His baseball franchise the Texas Rangers was auctioned off for £374million in the early hours of this morning after Hicks' ownership group defaulted on loans.
According to the team's bankruptcy plan, creditors will only get about £47million of the £330million owed to them.
However, the judge in the case said lenders can go after Hicks' other companies, although it is not sure how that will affect Liverpool, if at all.