A Saudi prince is set to spend up to 350 million pounds ($558 million) to buy a 50 percent stake in English soccer club Liverpool, al-Riyadh newspaper quoted him as saying on Sunday."We are currently seeking to buy 50 percent of the shares in the club which is now suffering of debts worth 245 million pounds," Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdullah, who chairs a privately owned group called F6 and a Saudi-based holding company called Fama Group, was quoted as saying.
"The transaction, upon which a decision is close to be reached, will be worth 200 (million) to 350 million pounds," he said, according to the newspaper.
No-one at Liverpool, which beat Hull 6-1 on Saturday to move to third position in the English Premier League, could immediately be reached for comment.
A Fama spokesman declined to comment on the report, saying: "What I know is that the prince attended the Liverpool game against Hull and signed yesterday an agreement with Liverpool to build a sport academy in Saudi Arabia."
Liverpool is co-owned by Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett. The two have had a stormy relationship since purchasing the club for 218.9 million pounds in 2007 and neither wants to sell his stake to the other.
F6 said in a statement on Sunday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the George Gillett Group which paves the way for an exclusive cooperation with Liverpool that would lead to the opening of academies affiliated to the English club.
The F6 statement did not refer to any planned acquisition of a stake in Liverpool.