Ratcliffe leaves Old Trafford after Man Utd takeover talks
Sheikh Jassim could beat Sir Jim Ratcliffe to buying Manchester United, it has been claimed. The Qatari billionaire is still confident of acquiring the Red Devils. Yet Sir Jim Ratcliffe seems to be in pole position as the end of the saga creeps closer.
It was claimed on Sunday that Ratcliffe was ‘close’ to agreeing a deal with the Glazers that would see the INEOS chief purchase the Red Devils.
However, as part of the arrangement, the Glazers are likely to stay in a reduced role.
According to Football Finance expert Kieran Maguire, Sheikh Jassim still can’t be ruled out despite those claims.
And he feels the Qatari billionaire would potentially be able to beat Ratcliffe by coughing up more money, saying this would likely trigger brothers Joel and Avram Glazer into convincing the rest of the family to sell.
“Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s alleged suggestion to the Glazers that they can keep 20 per cent of the shares does seem to be one of appeasement to Joel and Avram Glazer,” he told Football Insider.
“He wants to offer them the benefits from any medium-term increase in the value of the club to try and force his offer to be accepted.
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“While this has resulted in objections from Man United fans on social media, ultimately we have already seen that the Glazers have total contempt for fans.
“They have not cared about them during their almost 18 years of ownership so it’s unlikely that it will affect their decision now.
“I don’t think it will necessarily mean that Ratcliffe’s bid is the one that will be accepted – the Glazers are looking for a bigger price and if Sheikh Jassim’s bid is worth more per share then you can see the rest of the Glazer siblings pushing to accept that offer instead.“
Sheikh Jassim has pledged to bring the glory days back to United if successful.
And it emerged on Wednesday that the Qatari billionaire was interested in three big names as he plots a route to success at Old Trafford.
Top of his wishlist is reportedly Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
The France international has been as deadly as ever this season, netting 30 goals across all competitions.
Yet with PSG set for a summer rebuild, amid financial concerns surrounding the club, a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards.
Sheikh Jassim is also apparently keen on landing Kingsley Coman, who has been a consistent performer for Bayern Munich over the years.
The France international was the hero in 2020 as Bayern beat PSG in the Champions League final.
And he was previously on United’s radar that same year, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considering a swoop before biding his time and recruiting Jadon Sancho 12 months later.
A third target for Sheikh Jassim is supposedly Eduardo Camavinga.
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Yet it’s hard to see the France international moving to England at the current moment in time, with Real Madrid likely to be reluctant to let him go.
Meanwhile, Simon Jordan has slammed United fans amid a potential takeover – insisting Sheikh Jassim owning the club highlights their hypocrisy.
“Their hypocrisy and double standards are so steeped in a lack of self-awareness that it borders on the staggering,” he wrote for the Daily Mail.
“United fans mocked their noisy neighbours when Middle Eastern money transformed Manchester City’s fortunes and they weaponised that new-found wealth to ridicule the substance of their rivals.
“They were sneering because they viewed United as an organically built club and now, without a hint of embarrassment, they are desperate for Middle Eastern ownership because it suits them.
“Fans generally bemoan football culture being diminished and demolished by money, with players paid far too much and detached from reality.
“But at the same time, fans scream for the next owner they want — and it’s invariably the one with the biggest chequebook.”
He added: “I wonder if they realise how preposterous it is to be telling Sir Jim Ratcliffe how he’s got to buy their club and if he doesn’t he can do one.
“Are they really that away with themselves that they think they can dictate to a billionaire how he buys something?
“It’s one thing putting your views across, it’s another thing being totally and utterly destructive and unrealistic.
“There is no need for vicious, vitriolic, hate-filled rants against owners. They haven’t stolen your first born for goodness’ sake.”
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