Robert Kraft: Billionaire former Liverpool suitor and New England Patriots owner still intrigued by Premier League takeover

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Kraft once came close to buying Liverpool (Source: Getty)

Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he is still intrigued by the prospect of owning a Premier League club, after previously coming close to buying Liverpool.

However the American, who has scooped up silverware with his heavyweight NFL franchise, says he would be wary of English football's lack of wage controls despite having an estimated net worth of $6.2bn (£4.7bn).

Kraft, who also owns MLS franchise New England Revolution, met with former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry in 2005 about a potential investment before the Merseyside giants were sold to his fellow countrymen Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

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A Premier League club is still on the 76-year-old's thoughts yet he has reservations.

"Without a salary cap I'm concerned that we might be at a disadvantage," Kraft told the BBC.

"I'm just concerned in the Premier League that we might not, with all the different ways of operating, we're not as familiar with all of them.

"Let's just say people from all over the world come in and buy teams and maybe they have different reasons for doing it and managing it. And you have to compete with that and I'm not sure.

"But I'm still intrigued."

Fans of Premier League clubs would surely be excited by Kraft's record at the Patriots.

The franchise has won five Superbowl championships — the joint-second most in history — since the business tycoon took over the club in 1994.

A multitude of Americans have taken over English football clubs since Kraft raised interest 12 years ago. Liverpool themselves now share the Fenway Sports Group as owners with baseball giants the Boston Red Sox, Arsenal are owned by 70-year-old Missourian Stan Kroenke, while Manchester United, Fulham, Sunderland, Millwall, Swansea, Crystal Palace and Portsmouth are all currently owned by Americans.

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