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Man United owners the Glazers’ price tag for selling the club after Newcastle takeover



Manchester United owners the Glazers nearly sold the club to new Newcastle owner Mohammad Bin Salman back in 2018.

The Toon are now governed by one of the richest people in the world. Yet he could easily have taken charge of the Red Devils instead after holding talks over a massive deal.

Manchester United have been ruled by the Glazers ever since 2005.

They initially experienced success during their reign, with the club winning five Premier League titles as well as the Champions League crown during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.

But, as United have struggled ever since the Scot’s retirement, so too have the club’s American owners.

Not financially, at least. The Glazers are now richer than ever before with United’s value rising by the year.

Yet, amongst fans, their popularity is at an all time low.

The European Super League debacle earlier in the year saw to that, with supporters venting their fury over the Glazers’ plans for a breakaway league.

They apologised for their actions and have vowed to communicate better in future, in apparent signs of repent.

And, in 2018, that very nearly happened.

The Americans held talks with new Newcastle owner Bin Salman about a possible takeover, with the Saudi Arabian prince interested at the time.

And the Evening Standard reported last year that the Glazers were prepared to cash in should they receive an offer in the region of £4billion to £5bn.

It’s claimed that sources familiar with the Saudis’ interest believe an arrangement could have been struck at the time.

But now, three years after that takeover nearly happened, and United are still very much ruled by the Glazers.

They’ve long insisted they have no plans or desire to sell up.

And they showed they’re commitment back in the summer transfer window by financing three huge deals.

Jadon Sancho was signed from Borussia Dortmund, with his £73million fee making him the fourth most-expensive signing in the club’s history.

Raphael Varane then followed, touching down from Real Madrid.

And, on transfer deadline day, United brokered a sensational deal that saw Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford.

Though the Glazers are adamant United aren’t for sale, football finance expert Kieran Maguire thinks they may now be tempted to change their stance.

“This is estate planning,” he told Football Insider when reacting to the news of the Americans recently putting shares on the market.

“Even if they sold all of their A shares that are listed on the NYSE, they would still have over 90 per cent of the shares.

“This is cash flow management and tax planning from the Glazers, I believe.

“There’s a case for saying that, on the back of the failure of Super League and Big Picture, that Man United have reached their peak.

“There isn’t a huge amount of room for them to move up into, in terms of the stock market.

“Maybe they are now using that money to look at other investments.”


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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