Sheikh Jassim’s stance on Man Utd emerges with Ratcliffe in pole
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Sheikh Jassim has shown ‘no desire’ to be pressured into making a significantly higher bid for Manchester United, according to reports. It emerged on Saturday night that Sir Jim Ratcliffe was ahead of the Qatari billionaire in the race to acquire the Red Devils, having valued the club higher than his rival in the third round of offers. However, there’s still no clear inclination over what the Glazers will decide to do.
Ratcliffe and his Ineos firm value United at more than £5billion, with The Telegraph saying their proposal ‘equates to more than the offer presented by Qatar’.
And the report also says Sheikh Jassim has, so far, shown no desire to be pressured into making a significantly higher bid.
It’s also said that those close to the Qatari billionaire are adamant that their offer of investment to fund redevelopment of both Old Trafford and the club’s training ground is ‘on top of their bid to the Glazers’.
And they’re reportedly ‘bemused by any suggestions to the country’, too.
Sheikh Jassim wants to own 100 per cent of United, promising to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford in the process.
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Ratcliffe and Ineos, however, want to purchase the Glazers’ 69 per cent stake – but have also made a controversial proposal.
The Brit is willing to let Joel and Avram Glazer, the current co-chairman of the Red Devils, to remain as minority shareholders.
The brothers have long insisted they care about United, despite many supporters opposing their ownership ever since their own takeover all the way back in 2005.
Things should become clearer in the coming days, while United fans are set to protest against the Glazers during Sunday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
United boss Erik ten Hag wants clarity on the situation as the summer transfer window, amid his determination to land a new striker.
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The Dutchman, speaking ahead of the match against Villa, admitted he was eager to bolster his attack.
Victor Osimhen has been linked amid his dazzling form for Napoli, while the Red Devils have also emerged as potential suitors for Harry Kane.
And Ten Hag, when asked about Kane, said: “Everyone knows, it’s not a secret that over the whole season we have had a shortage of No. 9s.
“First, we had the dropout of Ronaldo, then Anthony Martial was often not available, Jadon Sancho was often not available, then you have a shortage of frontline players.
“With fewer players we have to cover many games, so we definitely need players in the frontline who strengthen the squad.”
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Regarding the Glazers, Gary Neville recently branded the sale process of United as ‘shoddy’.
“They’re making it up as they go along!” he ranted on social media. “Shoddy way to run a sale process.
“They need to get out by end of May to allow the new owner a fighting chance to impact the next transfer window and get moving.
“Taking it to a 3rd round is just classless. The market has obviously not given them the answer they want!
“It’s like they’ve made a pact to each other that they won’t go for less than £1bn each family member. (5 of them). If they stay in after all this it will be toxic!
“If they don’t sell they will have to bring investors in.
“They can’t afford to run in themselves now with the amount owed and capital required to upgrade the facilities.”
The Glazers have owned United ever since 2005, with the club winning five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup, the Europa League and five EFL Cups during their tenure.
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