Avram Glazer produces telling reaction after being asked about Man Utd sale
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Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer was typically tight-lipped when asked by reporters over the status of the club’s potential takeover as talks continue to drag on. Third offers were received by both public bidders Sheikh Jassim of Qatar and Sir Jim Ratcliffe, as a preferred bidder is expected to be named this month.
Glazer was walking past a number of reporters after United had defeated Wolves 2-0 on Saturday, as he was asked how long the sale would take but offered no response to those questions.
The response from the club chief was typical, as the Glazer family have offered very few updates to supporters over a potentially impending takeover from either Jassim or Ratcliffe.
Ratcliffe had thought to be the frontrunner after offering members of the Glazer family the opportunity to remain at Old Trafford as part of a flexible bid, but no preferred bidder has officially been named and Jassim is still said to be confident that his offer to purchase 100 per cent of the club will be successful.
The offer from the INEOS chief has been valued at higher than Jassim’s as the Brit is attempting to purchase a lower percentage of the club, though recent reports have suggested that the window is still open for an improved Qatari-backed bid which could blow Ratcliffe out of the water.
The Times have today claimed that Jassim is preparing to launch a last-gasp offer to gazump Ratcliffe, in another twist in the almost never-ending saga which may or may not end up with the Glazers selling United – as they have also been the subject of minority offers.
Following the collapse of the Super League, Joel Glazer promised to “better communicate” with the club’s fans. However, it is a promise that few would say has been met and his brother Avram’s response when asked about a potential takeover is the latest in poor communication from the owners.
The lack of communication is something that has previously been criticised by Gary Neville. “The reality of it is something big is missing, and it comes from the top,” Neville told Sky Sports. “We heard Joel Glazer say some time ago he was going to engage with the fans. Flights are open Joel, you can get to Manchester.
“Let’s see you over here, let’s see you talk to the fans properly. Explain that vision, you’ve got a new CEO in place, but you can’t just leave it to the new CEO. You’ve got to come over, he said off the back of the Super League he was going to change the way he operated the club, and he was going to come over and see the fans.”
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