Sky Sports News journalist Kaveh Solhekol has claimed that the Manchester United takeover can happen “pretty quickly” with just two bidders interested – and that will be a big boost for upcoming transfer plans.
What’s the latest on the Man United takeover?
With the club seemingly up for sale, British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari-linked Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani have made official bids. And while US hedge fund Elliott Investment Management has also put its name forward as potential investors, the firm is not in line to make a bid of its own.
With that in mind, it looks to be a two-horse race if the Glazers do decide to sell the club for good. According to Solhekol, this could potentially mean a sale can happen in the near future.
If that is the case, the journalist explained, manager Erik ten Hag will be happy as he will want to know who is going to be “signing the cheques” in the summer transfer market.
While talking on Sky Sports News, he explained: “If there are only two serious bidders to buy all of Manchester United, then this can happen pretty quickly.
“I think, ideally, for everybody, if it was to happen by the end of the season, that would be perfect. Because going into the transfer window, Erik ten Hag needs to know who’s going to be signing the cheques.
“Is it going to be the Glazers? Is it going to be Sheikh Jassim? Is it going to be Sir Jim Ratcliffe? So it would make sense if it’s sorted out before the end of the season.”
What does the latest takeover news mean for Man Utd’s transfer plans?
It seems as though the Glazers were unwilling or unable to spend big last January as the club opted to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Burnley striker Wout Weghorst – who arrived on loan until the end of the season for a £2.6m fee.
With that in mind, if the summer arrives and no change has been made in terms of ownership, Ten Hag may well be concerned that he won’t be backed sufficiently to help take the club to a new level.
For example, when Weghorst’s loan ends the Red Devils will likely be in the market for an exciting new striker and £100m fees have been touted amid links to the likes of Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen.
Now if United has been sold to either Sir Jim Ratcliffe or Sheikh Jassim by that stage, then perhaps such deals would be possible. However, if the club’s future remains undecided in terms of ownership, then things may well be complicated.
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