British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe interested in buying Manchester United
British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe would be interested in buying Manchester United if the Premier League club was for sale. Ratcliffe, who owns the chemical conglomerate Ineos
LONDON: British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe would be interested in buying Manchester United if the Premier League club was for sale. Ratcliffe, who owns the chemical conglomerate Ineos and is a United fan, was unsuccessful in his bid to buy Chelsea in May and has now turned his attention to the Red Devils, the PA news agency understands.
The news comes after a report in Bloomberg said the Glazer family, who have owned the club since 2005, are contemplating selling a minority stake in the club.
Radcliffe recently tried to buy Chelsea, with his late offer being rejected as Todd Boehly was successful in taking over from Roman Abramovich, reports DPA.
A spokesperson for Ineos said the company would be interested in purchasing a smaller stake with a view to eventually buying the club.
"If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership," an Ineos spokesperson said in the Times. "This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset."
Ineos is interested in growing its sporting portfolio as it already owns French Ligue 1 side Nice and Swiss team FC Lausanne-Sport. It also sponsors the cycling team Ineos Grenadiers, which was formerly Team Sky. The Glazers are hugely unpopular with United fans, who are unhappy at the club's ownership model and declining performances on the pitch, having not won a Premier League title in nine years. The supporters regularly protest against them. Manchester United did not comment on the story.
It comes on the same day that Elon Musk joked about buying the club. IANS
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