Britain’s richest man could offer answer to one of Man Utd’s transfer situations

The richest man in Britain is a well known Manchester United fan, and there's a possibility that he could do business with the Red Devils before the end of the January transfer window.

Jim Ratcliffe is the owner of Nice after taking over the club in 2019, adding the French club to his portfolio as he already owns Swiss side Lausanne-Sport.

The businessman is worth an estimated $14.7billion (£10.71bn) after making his riches with chemicals company Ineos, but despite the calls from United fans, Ratcliffe has previously said he would not be interesting in buying the club he supports from the notorious Glazer family.

But Ratcliffe could do business with United and provide a solution to one of their biggest transfer issues.

Nice have been flying this season in Ligue 1 and although it appears that no one will be able to catch Paris Saint Germain this season, they want to ensure that they can wrap up a Champions League spot.

To strengthen their position, Nice have reportedly re-entered the race for Jesse Lingard, and Nice could be a potential destination for the star as United are keen to offload him in January.

Lingard's contract is up in the summer and United are happy to negotiate a permanent move this January to avoid losing their star for free next summer, and according to Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), Nice are seriously interested in the 29-year-old.

The report suggests that finances could be an issue at the French side as they invested heavily over the summer to bring in Jean-Clair Todibo from Barcelona and Justin Kluivert from Roma.

But Ratcliffe is ranked 113th on Forbes' 2021 Billionaires List, and ranks higher on that list than Premier League club owners such as Arsenal's Stan Kroenke and Tottenham's Joe Lewis.

Lingard has been linked with a move to a fellow Premier League side with West Ham reportedly his preferred destination, but a move to Nice who are second in Ligue 1 could provide for a fresh start.

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