Finance guru salutes Liverpool as 'behind-the-scenes' AC Milan deal agreed
Liverpool will pool some of their resources and collaborate with AC Milan “behind the scenes” now that they partially fall under the same ownership umbrella.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the American investment group’s buyout of the reigning Serie A champions.
Red Bird revealed last Tuesday (31 August) that they had paid £1billion to acquire Milan, ending a long-running takeover saga.
The new owners also hold an 11 per cent stake in Fenway Sports Group, the Boston-based firm that has controlled Liverpool since 2010.
Conflict of interest rules dictate that two clubs competing in Uefa competitions – as Liverpool and Milan will do in 2022-23 – must not be directly governed by the same body.
But Plumley suggests that there is enough flex in the rules for the pair to work together behind the scenes and share their knowledge.
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“I think they will be looking for strategic partnerships and knowledge tie-ins,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“It makes sense. However, you have to be careful where you draw the lines because of the fact that they are in European competition together.
“But I definitely think the deal has been set up with knowledge sharing in mind, and I would suggest that is on the cards moving forwards.
“You can see the logic when you look at the ownership profiles and connections behind the scenes here.”