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Liverpool owners FSG in talks to acquire French club Bordeaux

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have reportedly confirmed they are in the early stages of dialogue regarding buying French club Bordeaux.

Bordeaux released a similar statement, acknowledging the ongoing talks.

Talks are still in their early stages, but due diligence will be conducted to assess the financial viability and compatibility between both parties.

FSG reportedly wants to establish a multi-club model, following in the footsteps of several Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City.

They have emphasised that any acquired club would operate as a standalone entity and maintain its distinct identity, free from direct influence on Liverpool.

However, it is crucial to note that many clubs that operate the model have made the same claims but practice a different philosophy.

The deal comes at a crucial time for Bordeaux. The club faces a possible relegation from Ligue 2 to the third tier after a decision by French football’s financial watchdog (DNCG).

Bordeaux are appealing the ruling and hope the FSG acquisition plan, presented to the DNCG, will provide the necessary financial guarantees for the upcoming season.

Financial instability has plagued Bordeaux in recent times. The club entered administration after ownership group King Street withdrew its support in 2021.

A rescue purchase by Gerard Lopez in June 2021 provided only temporary relief.

FSG’s multi-club ambitions became evident with the reappointment of Michael Edwards to a senior role in March.

Edwards was Liverpool’s former sporting director but now oversees the group’s football operations.

FSG followed up by hiring Pedro Marques, Benfica’s director of football development, as they want people with expertise in managing multiple clubs.

Marques reports to Julian Ward, FSG’s newly appointed technical director, who will assume responsibility for the football operations of any new additions to the group’s portfolio.

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