Global Football Odds & Ends

SocrManiac

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Word is that interest in Liverpool has been intense. I don’t think they’ll have a hard time if they really want to sell.
 

Zomp

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For years people have been saying that United is a financial giant. The club could spend more than they do now every summer because the cash coming in from sponsorships and fans is insane.

The Glazers use it as their personal piggy bank.

I think there will be a long list of suitors.
 

Vinho Tinto

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For years people have been saying that United is a financial giant. The club could spend more than they do now every summer because the cash coming in from sponsorships and fans is insane.

The Glazers use it as their personal piggy bank.

I think there will be a long list of suitors.
The club's revenues are really high. The question for any potential owner is can they foot the purchase price and capital improvements the club needs. I've read more than once that Old Trafford has seen much better days. As you noted, that is where the Glazers really did the club wrong - by not reinvesting in it.
 

67YAZ

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The United deal is going to be bigger than we all expect. It’s not just the revenues - it’s the brand awareness, social media following, the global reach. The revenues are already massive, but smart investors will see so many growth opportunities in the real world & digital. Plus, the only two globally bigger clubs - Real & Barca - can’t be purchased.

This definitely slows down Liverpool’s sale - every potential buyer there is going to do due diligence on United. But it may ultimately help FSG to go second after the Glazers set a new record.
 

InstaFace

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Also, Liverpool's fans don't necessarily want Henry to sell, do they? They know they're not getting anything better from an oligarch or a more banker-minded leech billionaire. They have an EPL title and a UCL win in the last 4 years, upgraded stands, other infrastructure. Anyone who will win an auction probably won't be in a position to do the same.
 

Mighty Joe Young

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Also, Liverpool's fans don't necessarily want Henry to sell, do they? They know they're not getting anything better from an oligarch or a more banker-minded leech billionaire. They have an EPL title and a UCL win in the last 4 years, upgraded stands, other infrastructure. Anyone who will win an auction probably won't be in a position to do the same.
This one doesn’t. Devil you know and all that. FSG has done a great job running the club IMO. They’ve managed to compete at the very top of the table without the financial might of many of their competitors. Sadly that might change of course. When the Glazers sell United to the Saudis and they hire a competent front office no one will compete with them.

edit: mind you it might be worth it to see Gary Neville’s reaction.
 
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InstaFace

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We've heard "blow it up, root and branch" so many times in jest, that we hardly know what to do when they actually do blow it up entirely.
 

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The Super League gambit was a farcical fiasco in many respects but it has become only more and more clear how hugely impactful its failure was for the future of football.

Barcelona and Juventus needed the Super League even more than anybody outside those clubs realized at the time. Barcelona is stuck in financial shit and Juventus is headed for god knows what sanctions (maybe a return trip to Serie B, who knows).

Meanwhile, the owners of Liverpool and United have both decided that without the Super League its not worth owning an elite football club that needs to compete against the unlimited funds of the sportswashers and one or both seems likely to end up in the same kinds of hands.
 

67YAZ

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Chicago fans out here on Twitter urging Mansueto to buy Juve so it can become a Fire feeder club.
 

speedracer

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I mean, if Ronaldo just halved his salary the club could probably purchase another couple over-the-hill stars and have a fighting chance of making it to the Club World Cup and springing an upset or whatever.