In what came as a shock this week, Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has announced via The Times Sport that he is looking to buy Manchester United.
Amidst the latest wave of pressure on the Glazer family, momentum and optimism have been steadily growing amongst the fanbase.
This comes after Michael Knighton claimed he wanted to propose a bid for the club, with a consortium not many know much about. Knighton had previously launched a failed bid to buy Manchester United in 1989 for £10 million.
A spokesperson for Sir Jim Ratcliffe has told The Times, “If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership.”
It is thought that Ratcliffe, the CEO of chemical company Ineos, would look to buy a small stake in the club at first, before building from there.
Ratcliffe currently owns Ligue 1 side Nice, and has seen them climb from mid-table, to being able to fight for a Champions League spot in the space of a few years.
It has also been rumoured that the Glazer family would be willing to sell, though it is debated if this would be a small stake at first, or a full sale.
The spokesperson also said, “This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset.”
This would be a reset that could take the football club back to its previous success, if handled correctly.
According to the Independent’s Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney, the “belief is Glazers would sell for $6bn [around £5bn].” This would be a hefty fee for any potential buyer.
Ratcliffe is also a Manchester United fan, and, as far as we know, does not have the shadowy history that many other owners do. This, as well as his vast wealth, makes him the ideal candidate for most United fans.
Yes, this may be another bit of false hope, but as we say every time, it feels a little different this time.
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