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British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe wants to join struggling Premier League club Manchester United.
"If the club is up for sale, Jim would definitely be a potential buyer," a spokesman for Ratcliffe-led chemical company Ineos told the Times on Wednesday.
Ineos was responding to a Bloomberg report that United's owning Glazer family wanted to sell a small stake in the club.
According to the Times, however, Ratcliffe would only want to invest in United if he could take full control of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's club in the long term.
The English record champions Manchester United have been in crisis for years: nine seasons without a championship, no Champions League football this year, after two embarrassing defeats at the beginning of the season, the Red Devils are in last place in the Premier League.
Due to failed squad planning in recent years, the Glazer family has recently come under criticism from some fans.
A financially strong investor would come in handy.
Ratcliffe, 69, is a United fan and had hinted a few months ago that he was interested in taking over a Premier League club.
Tech billionaire Elon Musk only tweeted on Wednesday night that he wanted to buy the traditional English club.
However, he later made it clear that he was only joking.
United is one of the most popular sports teams in the world.
The US business magazine "Forbes" ranked the club in this year's ranking with a total value of around four and a half billion US dollars as the third most valuable football club, behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
In terms of sport, Man United has been in a downward spiral for almost a decade.
There have been eight different managers since Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013.
United is currently being looked after by Dutchman Erik ten Hag, who started the new season with a 2-1 and 4-0 loss.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly wanted to leave Manchester for weeks.