British businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe has publicly announced his interest in buying Manchester United Football Club. The billionaire, who is the founder and chairman of chemical company Ineos, and also the current owner of OGC Nice, has been linked with a potential bid for the club in recent weeks.
According to reports, Sir Jim is said to be a long-time Manchester United fan and is keen to invest in the club. A representative for Ineos confirmed the interest, stating “We have formally put ourselves into the process.”
It is worth noting that this is not the first time that Sir Jim has been linked with a high-profile sporting acquisition. In 2022, he had previously bid for Chelsea Football Club after the Russia invaded Ukraine and Chelsea was seized by the government, but ultimately decided not to proceed with the purchase.
Manchester United is currently valued at around $3 billion, and it’s unclear how much Sir Jim is willing to pay for the club. The Glazer family, who are the current owners of the club, have shown public interest in selling Manchester United.
The news of Sir Jim’s interest in the club has generated speculation and excitement among Manchester United fans, who are keen to see the club return to its former glory. However, it remains to be seen whether a deal will materialize and if Sir Jim will become the new owner of one of the most successful football clubs in the world. It will also be interesting to see how Sir Jim manages the two clubs if he is successful in acquiring Manchester United.
The acquisition of Manchester United by Sir Jim Ratcliffe would be a massive move in the football world, as the club is one of the most successful and valuable in the world. It will be interesting to see how the negotiations progress and if the deal comes to fruition.