Sir Jim Ratcliffe is interested in buying Manchester United if the club is up for sale.
A source said Sky Sports News that Ratcliffe is serious about buying United and that former players are said to be involved, as well as Sir Dave Brailsford.
United declined to comment on the rumors and speculation.
Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man, is the CEO of Ineos Group Ltd and owns cycling team Ineos Grenadiers, Ligue 1 side Nice, which he took over in 2019, and FC Lausanne-Sport, a Swiss Super League club.
The 69-year-old, who is a Manchester United supporter, tabled a last-minute £4.25billion bid to buy Chelsea this summer but had his bid rejected as the businessman American Todd Boehly successfully took over the club.
Former British Cycling performance director Brailsford is the managing director of the Ineos Grenadiers.
Ratcliffe’s spokesperson said The temperature: “If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer.
“If something like this were possible, we would be interested in talking about long-term ownership.
“It’s not about the money that has been spent or not. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it looks like the time has come for a discount. to zero.”
Glazer family ‘plans to sell minority stake’
Ratcliffe’s interest follows a report that the Glazer family are considering selling a minority stake in Manchester United, according to Bloomberg.
Preliminary discussions have taken place to bring in a new investor, Bloomberg reports. United are not commenting on the report.
The Glazers have owned Manchester United since 2005.
“It’s about bringing in an investor”
Sky Sports chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“The Glazer family do not want to sell Manchester United, according to Bloombergbut just bring more investment to the club.
“The New York Stock Exchange reacted to this news by pushing United shares up 4% this morning and, according to Bloomberg, any potential deal could see Manchester United valued at up to £5 billion. United do not comment on this information at all.
“If we’re talking about investing in a club like Manchester United, there are a lot of people who want to invest in Premier League clubs at the moment. We saw when Chelsea put the New York Investment Bank up for sale, which was marketing the sale, was contacted by over 100 parties.
“There is a lot of interest, especially in the United States, in investing in Premier League clubs. Why do they want to do this? They think they can get a good deal right now and the value of the Premier League clubs are going to boom in the next few years as they believe there will be a lot more interest in streaming and they can earn money from the fans of these Premier League clubs around the world.
“As for the Glazer family, they have effectively sold a minority stake in United before because they took the club public on the New York Stock Exchange, selling 10% of their shares. They sold that stake to the shareholders – that Sometimes it’s about bringing in an investor.”
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