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US firm plot Liverpool investment

Published: 9:37AM Monday March 15, 2010 Source: ONE Sport

Under-fire Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is said to be considering his Anfield future as Liverpool chiefs line-up a new 100 million pound investment in the club.

After steering the club to their worst season in decades, Spaniard Benitez is reported to have reached breaking point, and is said to have accepted the fact that it is now impossible for him to move the ailing club forward.

But things seem to be getting getter for the club off the field as they are believed to have lined up a deal with the Rhone Group - reported to be worth 3billion - with the New York based private equity firm viewing a 40 per cent stake in the club.

The 100 million pound deal would also see controlling interested passed to billionaire financiers Robert Agostinelli and Steven Langman, British newspaper the News of the World has reported.

It the deal does go through, it would ease the increasing financial pressure on the club by replaying some of their debt.

It is also believed the money will enable work to begin on the new 350 million pound stadium promised by American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks when they took over the club in 2007.

There would also be money to spend in the transfer window, something that Liverpool desperately need if they are to continue competing with the 'big three.'

But with Real Madrid said to be keen on bringing Rafa Benitez to the Bernabeu in the summer, it is unlikely that he will be around to spend it.

And if Benitez does exit Anfield, then that will allow the potential new owners to bring in their preferred choice of manager.

It has been reported that managing director Christian Purslow has been scouring the globe to meet a summer deadline to repay 100m of the club 237m debt, money that if not found, could force the sale of star names Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

There is still said to be interest from India, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait but the Rhone Group are seen as the most viable proposition in the market.