The sale of Liverpool could be completed this month, but chairman Martin Broughton insists the final say on any deal is in the hands of the board, including owners George Gillett and Tom Hick.
Chinese businessman Kenny Huang has expressed his interest in assuming control of the club, with suggestions he would seek to clear the club’s £237million debt with the Royal Bank of Scotland.
However, Broughton, who was appointed by the club in April to oversee a sale, revealed there had been “several” bids for the Reds and insisted the decision over the sale will be made by the Liverpool board.
“Any bids that go straight to RBS – and there have been several – come to me and are directed to Barcap (Barclays Capital),” he told the Guardian.
“RBS are not involved. The control remains with the board.
“It still remains the objective to conclude a deal before the end of the transfer window.
“That remains the objective but there are no deadlines, and we will continue working to complete the process.
“Both George Gillett and Tom Hicks remain on the board and they have given commitments that the board of Kop Holdings (Liverpool’s UK parent company) is the party that is responsible for the sale.”
Huang is the head of Hong Kong-based investment company QSL Sports Ltd and is believed to be keen to secure an agreement before the transfer deadline on August 31 in order to give manager Roy Hodgson time to strengthen the squad.
The Sun reports that Huang will walk away if a deal can’t be completed within ten days.