February 9th “The Times” today wrote an article analyzing the acquisition of Manchester United by the Qatar consortium.
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A consortium linked to the Qatari royal family has expressed interest in buying United, with a bid already being considered ahead of next week’s bid deadline.
The Glazer family handed over the sale of the club to the Rennes Group, and according to the documents of the Rennes Group, if they want to acquire the club, they need to submit an offer before February 17.
At present, sources in Qatar said that although the Qatar consortium has not yet decided whether to make an offer, the source believes that they will make an offer.
The Qatari consortium, like others everywhere, has been in contact with the Rennes group, and they can conduct due diligence before deciding whether to participate in the club’s bid.
It is reported that they have already contacted the top management of Manchester United.
It was reported last month that the Qatari consortium wanted to add to their portfolio plans by acquiring a Premier League club after the World Cup.
Earlier, Paris Saint-Germain boss Nasser and Tottenham chairman Levy got in touch, but Tottenham denied the sale of the club.
But the source said that the two talked about the Qatari consortium’s exploration of the acquisition of Premier League clubs in the conversation.
On Wednesday, Qatari sources insisted that while Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) was not involved in the discussions, talks between the Qatari consortium and Manchester United were indeed in line with QSI’s plans.
UEFA rules do not allow two teams to belong to the same company in the same European competition, which means that unless QSI sells Paris Saint-Germain, they cannot buy Manchester United.
Regarding the handling of the rules, it is also an issue that the Qatari royal family needs to consider.
And after they decide to buy Manchester United, they will also look for a PR company.
There are other bidders besides the Qatari consortium, and insiders say they are serious about taking over Manchester United. The number of bidders is smaller than the Glazers expected, especially considering the current asking price of the club is 6 billion to 8 billion.
Sir Ratcliffe is still the only one who has made it clear that he wants to buy Manchester United, but for such a rich man, the club’s asking price is relatively expensive.
At the same time, some American investors are willing to acquire Manchester United, and buyers from China, Singapore and the Middle East may also be willing to make offers for the club.
But if it were a Middle Eastern buyer, there would be concerns about the financial strength of the Premier League club in Europe.
La Liga President Tebas said on the rumors of Qatar’s acquisition of Manchester United: “The multi-club ownership model is already a very complicated issue. If a country owns multiple clubs, it will be more complicated. This is not a good thing for European football.