Manchester United could be preparing to embark on an exciting new era in the club’s history.
A statement from the Glazer family revealed that they are open to selling the club outright.
Of course, a deal to buy one of the world’s biggest sporting entities will not come cheap, to say the least.
The Glazer family would likely command offers in excess of £6billion for the club, just months after Chelsea were sold to American billionaire Todd Boehly in a deal that could reach £4.25bn.
Finding someone with deep enough pockets to complete such a deal is going to be tricky, but here talkSPORT.com takes a look at some of the previous contenders to buy the Premier League giants.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Britain’s richest man is surely a leading contender to buy the Red Devils. He is a lifelong United fan and expressed interest recently.
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Ratcliffe owns Ligue 1 side Nice, Swiss side FC Lausanne-Sport and cycling team Ineos Grenadiers, however United would undoubtedly be the jewel in his crown.
Worth an estimated £15billion, the 70-year-old had hinted at a bid to buy the club during the summer, before also attempting to buy Chelsea before Boehly’s takeover went through.
Discussing his links, Ratcliffe said in October: “I’m a lifelong Manchester United fan.
“I have met Joel and Avram. They are the nicest people, I have to say, proper gentlemen.”
It’s been a busy few weeks for the richest person in the world after he purchased Twitter and made headlines around the world.
Valued at £154billion, Musk might not be done yet.
The 51-year-old has mentioned the idea of buying United before, tweeting over the summer: “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome.”
After the tweet garnered worldwide attention, Telsa owners asked Musk if he was serious – and the billionaire revealed United were only the brunt of a joke.
He said: “No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.”
So his interest is not genuine, for now… but there’s no doubting that he’s one of the few people on the planet who could fund a deal with spare change.
The UFC superstar is another global figure who has previously pledged his allegiance to Man United.
McGregor has previous said that he would would “‘ove’ to buy Liverpool FC, while also previously being credited with an interest in Chelsea earlier this year.
Clearly excited at the prospect of becoming a Premier League owner, it’s unlikely that McGregor would have the sort of money needed to buy the club on his own and it is difficult to take him seriously at the best of times.
Perhaps he could form part of a consortium to get a deal done.
A familiar face around Old Trafford having been a former director at Manchester United.
Knighton tried to but the Red Devils back in 1989 for a sum of £20million, an offer which was the largest offered for a British club.
Unfortunately his plans were scuppered when two of his backers pulled out and he instead took a seat on the board.
Now 71 years of age, Knighton is keen to get the Glazer family out of the club and was plotting ‘a hostile takeover’ earlier this ummer.
However without the funds to do it himself, he’s someone else who would need backing.
Reports in 2019 suggested Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, chairman of the Public Investment Fund, was considering a bid to buy Man United from the Glazers.
The PIF funded a £305million takeover of Newcastle by PCP Capital Partners in October 2021.
With Qatari investment in Paris Saint-Germain and Abu Dhabi funding of Manchester City, a sovereign state attempting to buy United is not out of the question.
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