DIC’s chief negotiator Amanda Staveley and chief executive Sameer Al-Ansari, attended Teusday’s Champions League match as guests of George Gillett. The invitation raised hope among the club’s supporters that a breakthrough is in sight.
Gillett, who missed the match through illness, was represented by his son, Foster — a Liverpool director himself.
It was the first time that Al-Ansari and Staveley had met Tom Hicks since the takeover negotiations broke down last month.
Despite their proximity there were no talks between the American and the company which has, through Staveley, been spelling out its intentions for the club to supporters groups in recent days.
Gillett has been open to selling, and DIC officials told the Independent that they essentially have a deal with the American which would give the company half of the club’s shares but leave the biggest thorn, co-owner Tom Hicks, with the remaining part.
Considering that Hicks’ financing is limited, DIC believes that eventually he will be forced to sell, giving the company a full run of the club.