By Dr Dan Plumley

21st Nov, 2022 | 12:42pm

Finance guru: This is Mukesh Ambani's 'real motive' as £4bn Liverpool takeover on cards

Any investor looking to acquire Liverpool will have to wait a significant length of time before they are able to sell for a profit.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Fenway Sports Group’s attempts to sell the Reds after 12 years in control.

The Mirror (via Sport Business on Monday 14 November) reported that Mukesh Ambani, one of India’s richest men with a net worth of £90billion, is interested in a deal.

The 65-year-old industrialist owns IPL side the Mumbai Indians and is already a major player in the world of sports business.

It is believed that a Liverpool takeover would cost Ambani at least £3billion but potentially as much as £4bn.

Plumley suggests that Ambani’s aspirations will be to flip the club for a big markup but only after a lengthy stint in charge of the club.

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“We need to look at an investor’s real motive when it comes to club acquisitions at the top end,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Most of the time, it’s either a vanity project or you are looking at a long-term return on investment. If it’s the former, it’s anyone’s guess what the motives are. If the latter, it’s a long-term play and it will take a lot of time.

“The value of Liverpool is the highest it’s ever been, even though they have had a bit of a rough patch this season and the team feels like it needs a refresh.

“But in terms of the valuation, I think a lot of investors feel that Premier League clubs are undervalued compared to other franchise models like in America or the IPL.

“That is partly because of the sporting jeopardy. You can drop off and that has big financial implications, which is not the case in America.

“I think there is money to be made from owning a Premier League football club, but that comes further down the line.

“We have to look at things like clubs selling their own rights, OTT streaming, virtual reality. I think investors are seeing that there is growth in this space but it’s a long-term investment.”

In other news, Liverpool set sights on Declan Rice amid “huge” Jurgen Klopp claim.