The barons of the UK market are on the cusp of an epic takeover bid.
According to the latest report from market research firm FiveStar, there are more than 50 people who have expressed an interest in the UK’s biggest market.
The market is expected to see a big influx of capital in the next two years.
According the firm, about a third of the £3.7 trillion capital invested in the market in 2016 was invested in London.
FiveStar said that in 2020, there will be an additional £500bn invested in capital markets, with the remaining £2.4 trillion being invested in other markets such as Australia, the United States, Canada and South Africa.
“We are in the process of identifying a number of candidates to become barons and that is now being driven by the market, and will be driven by market demand,” the firm said.
FiveStar also said that a number have also been exploring potential takeover bids for the market.
“A number of people are currently actively pursuing takeover bids, but there is no definitive timeline or any definitive plans yet for these bids to move forward,” it said.
“We anticipate that the market will be open for a period of time and that the baron takeover is likely to happen at some point.”
The market will see the arrival of a number big name players, including US media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Australian telecoms giant Vodafone, Spanish telecoms company Telefonica and Chinese technology company Huawei.
The news comes after the billionaire media mogul said he was willing to invest in the baronial market.
In a tweet this week, Murdoch said he would consider investing in the “world’s leading baronial and colonial markets, including the UK, China, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Australia” if the bid were successful.
Murdoch has previously said that the Barons market is the best in the world.
In a video interview with the Financial Times earlier this year, Murdoch explained that the markets have the potential to become “a global powerhouse” that could help propel the world’s economy.