The speculation about possible Google-Groupon deal are getting hotter. On Nov'19th, the first report of a Google-Groupon deal came out from Kara Swisher, reporting a price well above $2 to $3 billion was being discussed.
Yesterday, a report claimed that the deal was done for $2.5 billion. And, today, the New York Times reports that "people with direct knowledge" say a deal is near, with a purchase price of $5 to $6 billion.
AllThingsD's Swisher is now placing the deal at $5.3 billion initally with $700 million to be earned over an unstated time period.
If Groupon is purchased for $5 to $6 billion, it'll be the most expensive acquisition Google has ever done. Google's largest deal to date was the $3.1 billion valuation paid for DoubleClick in 2007. YouTube was the second most expensive purchase, with a $1.65 billion valuation paid in 2006.
When asked, Google responded "we don't comment on rumor or speculation" statement.