“If Manchester United is for sale, Jim Ratcliffe is a potential buyer.
The words of the English billionaire's spokesman, via The Times on Wednesday, are clear.
While Manchester United is in sporting turmoil between a failed start to the season and the complicated handling of the Cristiano Ronaldo case, the Glazer family, owners of the club, have opened the door to the arrival of a new minority shareholder in the English press .
Jim Ratcliffe, boss of OGC Nice, could therefore invest in the Mancunian club, and aim for "a long-term takeover" within a club whose value is estimated at 6 billion euros.
After 2 defeats during the first days of the Premier League, including a heavy 4-0 defeat at Brentford, Manchester United are in last place in the English rankings, a first since 1921. The desires of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo to leave do not help none of coach 'Erik Ten Hag's business.
Red Devils fans are dreaming of a revival in the management of their club, whose Glazer family have owned 97% of the shares since 2005. Manchester United have not won an English league title since 2013, nor any major trophy since 2017.
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Jim Ratcliffe, Manchester United supporter, had tried to position himself on a takeover of Chelsea last May.
The boss of Ineos had made an offer when the London club was for sale, but it was the American businessman Todd Boehly who had won the bet.
It is now the coat of arms of the Red Devils that the Englishman wants to restore: “Jim knows how important the club is for the city.
It's the right time for a fresh start,” said his spokesperson.
The arrival of a new shareholder in the club could in particular make it possible to renovate the Old Trafford stadium (approximately 75,000 seats), which has not increased its capacity since 2006 and above all give new impetus to a club in the doldrums. .