Almost a year has passed since the Glazer family hinted at selling Manchester United, yet clarity remains elusive on whether they’ll finalize a deal with either Sheikh Jassim or Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Manchester United’s loyal fanbase has expressed frustration as the Glazers maintain their world record £6bn valuation for the club. Sheikh Jassim proposed £5bn for complete ownership, whereas Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s bid focuses on the 67% stake the Glazers presently hold.
Recently, in what some view as a tactic to expedite proceedings, the Qatari delegation openly declared they won’t exceed their final offer.
This statement follows Sir Jim’s new proposition: £1.5bn for a quarter of the club, aligning with the Glazers’ appraisal.
Many speculate this bid’s purpose is to persuade Sheikh Jassim back to the negotiation table, yet he remains unyielding.
Such circumstances could lead the Glazer family to consider Sir Jim’s proposal, using the funds in a manner benefiting them.
However, it’s probable that Manchester United’s operational dynamics would remain unchanged. A possibility could be a phased takeover strategy by Ratcliffe.
For now, the advantages of these ongoing negotiations for Manchester United appear limited.