Manchester United FOR SALE: Glazers confirm they are willing to sell Premier League giants after 17-year-reign – hours after announcing Cristiano Ronaldo exit

    The Glazer family are ready to sell Manchester United and are seeking in excess of £6billion for the Premier League giants.

    United released a statement on Tuesday evening – hours after announcing the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo – confirming the unpopular American owners are ‘exploring strategic alternatives’ for the club.

    The Glazers are not popular among United fans


    The Glazers are not popular among United fans

    Bankers and lawyers have been instructed to advise on the process, which could also result in a partial sale or a new partnership with third parties.

    But it appears as though as a full sale of the club is the most likely option, with the Glazers deciding after years of fan protests that now is the time to relinquish control.

    The Raine Group, an American bank that successfully sought a buyer for Chelsea this year, are to be United’s advisers in the process.

    A statement from the club read: “The process is designed to enhance the club’s future growth, with the ultimate goal of positioning the club to capitalize on opportunities both on the pitch and commercially.

    “As part of this process, the Board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the Company.”

    United added: “There can be no assurance that the review being undertaken will result in any transaction involving the Company.”

    Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer said: “The strength of Manchester United rests on the passion and loyalty of our global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers.

    “As we seek to continue building on the Club’s history of success, the Board has authorized a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives.

    “We will evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximizes the significant growth opportunities available to the Club today and in the future.”

    Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer are co-chairmen of United


    Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer are co-chairmen of United

    Fans have never warmed to the Americans


    Fans have never warmed to the Americans

    The Glazers have been unpopular at Old Trafford ever since taking control using £500m of debt towards a £790m purchase in 2005 – and many supporters want them gone amid a steady decline on the pitch since 2013.

    Discontent among fans has reached new heights in recent years, particularly after the failed European Super League plot, and Old Trafford has seen regular protests.

    United, one of the world’s most famous football clubs, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and share prices on Tuesday implied a $2.15bn valuation – although the Glazers are understood to be seeking between £6bn to £8bn.

    Chelsea were recently sold to American billionaire Todd Boehly in a deal that could reach £4.25bn and Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group recently confirmed they are looking into the possibility of a sale.

    Britain’s richest man and boyhood United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe has emerged as a prospective buyer if the Glazers sell, while sovereign states could also come into play amid Saudi Arabian investment into Newcastle and Qatari funding of Paris Saint-Germain.

    News of a potential sale comes on the same day that Cristiano Ronaldo left United following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV.

    The 37-year-old hit out at the Glazers during a 90-minute sit-down over his recent difficulties at Old Trafford.

    Ronaldo was critical of the Glazers during his explosive interview


    Ronaldo was critical of the Glazers during his explosive interview

    And now, United have confirmed that the Portugal icon will leave the club by mutual consent with immediate effect.

    Ronaldo revealed he had never spoken to co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer – or any of the family – since his return to Manchester in 2021 and declared they have little interest in sporting matters.

    “The owners of the club, they don’t care about the club,” Ronaldo said.

    “As you know Manchester United is a marketing club, they will get their money from the marketing, but with the sports they don’t really care in my opinion.”

    When asked by Morgan if he had ever spoken to the Glazers, Ronaldo responded: “Never. They give all the power to the president and sporting director.”


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