In 2008 manchester City was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Investment and Development Group Limited, since then City have enjoyed the flourishing time in its history, winning four Premier League titles and seven cup competitions.
Graeme Souness indicated that Manchester City owners tried to make a hold on Liverpool but failed to coax Tom Hicks and George Gillett to part with the Merseyside outfit. Amanda Staveley told him, who is currently engaged in talks on the purchase of Newcastle United.
Souness said to Sky Sports News, “I went to Dubai, 12, 13 years ago. Stayed in Atlantis Hotel, arrived early afternoon. Walked around the hotel with my wife and my son and went to the Nobu restaurant which was empty just after lunch.”
“On the way out someone came over and introduced themselves, then a lady came over she introduced herself as Amanda. ‘I’m a Liverpool supporter’.”
“During the conversation, she said ‘I’m responsible for taking the Abu Dhabi family to Man City’ and I said, ‘but five minutes ago you said you were a Liverpool supporter – why did you not take them to Liverpool?’”
“She said: ‘I tried and I tried but Gillett and Hicks were so difficult to deal with, they just walked away in the end’.”
Two years later, Liverpool was sold to Fenway Sports Group.