Man Utd takeover news: Qatari and Ineos delegations in Manchester with two other parties ‘in the running’

The latest on Manchester United’s takeover as interested parties visit Manchester. Credit: Getty.The latest on Manchester United’s takeover as interested parties visit Manchester. Credit: Getty.
The latest on Manchester United’s takeover as interested parties visit Manchester. Credit: Getty.
After a delegation of Sheikh Jassim visited Manchester United’s facilities on Thursday, next up is Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

The Qatari delegation who wish to buy Manchester United will make a second bid for the club in the next 10 days, according to reports.

Representatives of Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani were at Carrington and Old Trafford on Thursday and were given extensive tours, while they also viewed presentations on the club’s financial picture. The Daily Mail claims the 10-hour talks were ‘cordial, extensive and very positive’ with senior members of the Raine Group - the investment bank overseeing a sale of the club - in attendance, although Sheikh Jassim was not part of the Qatari entourage in Manchester.

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The presentations centred around finance and commercial branches, as well as transfer recruitment. The Glazers were not present at the meetings, which were wrapped up during the latter stages of United’s 1-0 Europa League win over Real Betis, a victory that saw Erik ten Hag’s side progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Meanwhile, after recent reports that the Glazer family were unsure about selling the club, the Telegraph reports that the takeover ‘remains on track’ and could even be completed before the end of April.

But it’s not certain that Sheikh Jassim’s offer will be successful. BBC Sport’s Dan Roan tweeted to say Ineos will hold similar meetings with the club on Friday. Leading shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be in attendance, as will his fellow Ineos co-owners and sports executives.

The Mail also reports that two unnamed groups remain ‘in the running’ along with ‘multiple other offers of partial investment’.

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