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Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted

Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted

A Qatari sheikh – chairman of one of the country’s biggest banks – on Friday night lodged a bid for Manchester United, promising to restore ‘former glories on and off the pitch’.

Ahead of Friday night’s 10pm deadline for offers, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Jaber Al Thani, son of a former Prime Minister, announced his intention to acquire ‘100 per cent of the club’.

It is understood that the offer is ‘indicative’. A more accurate figure will be forthcoming once the financials have been poured through

It is understood that there was cautious optimism inside Old Trafford following the release of the statement.

The approach to spending would not be reckless, but there is a recognition that investment on the playing side is needed.

Last week, Sportsmail revealed that the bid would be forthcoming and, in a bold statement, Al Thani said he would invest in the club, the stadium, the training ground and the community.

‘The vision of the bid is for Manchester United Football Club to be renowned for footballing excellence, and regarded as the greatest football club in the world,’ he added.

Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted
Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted

The battle for the Premier League giants now enters its next, critical, stage.

While Raine Group, the US merchant bank handling the process, remained tight-lipped, it is thought that Al Thani, son of ex-PM Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, will face opposition from bidders in the US, Asia and potentially neighbouring Saudi. Britain’s richest man, United supporter Sir Jim Ratcliffe has also announced that he would be bidding.

Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted

 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also expected to make a bid for the club after bidding for Chelsea last year

Sheikh Hamad Bin-Jaber al-Thani, known as HBJ, also served as foreign minister, headed the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) in the 2000s when stakes were taken in Canary Wharf, the Shard, Chelsea Barracks and the Berkeley and Connaught hotels.

While – as this newspaper reported – ten Hag would be armed with a huge transfer budget, there would also be a big focus on the youth system. It is also understood that investment in the surrounding area would also be on the agenda should the offer be successful.

Those who lodged bids will now be narrowed into serious contenders ahead of a sale which officials are hoping could be completed by the end of next month.

Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted

 

Erik ten Hag spoke on the deal yesterday after drawing 2-2 to Barcelona in the Europa League

Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted

 

The manager said the players and the club are following it but are focusing on football

Al Thani’s statement read: ‘The bid plans to return the club to its former glories both on and off the pitch, and – above all – will seek to place the fans at the heart of Manchester United Football Club once more.

‘The bid will be completely debt free via Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation, which will look to invest in the football teams, the training centre, the stadium and wider infrastructure, the fan experience and the communities the club supports.

‘The vision of the bid is for Manchester United Football Club to be renowned for footballing excellence, and regarded as the greatest football club in the world.’

The name of the foundation is based on both United’s iconic Class of 92 and the fact that 1992 was the year Al Thani, as a 10-year-old, started supporting the club.

The saga is the talk of the Old Trafford dressing room, with manager Erik ten Hag yesterday disclosing that he and his players were closely following the situation.

Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted
Qatar Sheikh CONFIRM bid for Man United has been submitted

 

Ten Hag said his side were ‘enjoying their togetherness’ ahead of the EFL Cup Final on Sunday

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