Liverpool could become the latest football club affected by the influx of Chinese state cash with a government-backed investment group considering a £700million takeover.
According to The Independent, SinoFortone have targetted the Merseyside outfit as their latest acquisition in the British Isles. They have already invested £5.2billion towards new projects in Scotland, Wales and England and are keen on getting their hands on a prized piece of football culture.
With Jurgen Klopp in charge, Liverpool are expected to undergo a resurgence in the coming years with the German coach charged with the task of turning them back into the force that dominated European football throughout the 1980s and 90s.
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Despite their lack of success in the Premier League, Liverpool have maintained a huge fan base both domestically and abroad. All of this means SinoFortone see them as the club most likely to increase in value in the coming years and are, therefore, hoping to commit huge money to buy it.
The club is currently owned by Fenway Sports Group, who bought the club for around £300m in 2010 and is currently chaired by John W Henry. Although the £700m would represent an incredible profit for a six-year investment, FSG has not welcomed the bid for the aforementioned reasons.
They see Klopp as the man to lead Liverpool into a new era of success and want to be part of it. It is also expected that the club will become even more valuable when the new TV deal becomes active later this summer.
But a tantalising prospect for Liverpool fans will be that SinoFortone sees the development of a brand new stadium as a potential marquee move in a multi-billion pound project. Areas around Liverpool's famous, yet largely disused, docklands have been explored although SinoFortone appreciates that a large redevelopment plan is currently underway at Anfield.
More immediate plans will be to upgrade their Melwood training base and will also open up a number of football academies in China to promote Liverpool's brand to a new audience.
The Chinese government have already shown they have the power to change the face of football, using their incredible financial power to attract the likes of Jackson Martinez, Ramires and Alex Teixeira to play in their Chinese Super League.
It is only a matter of time before Chinese ownership becomes a common thing amongst Europe's biggest clubs and the chance of huge financial investment, especially when it comes to transfers, will excite fans.