Saudis join bidding race for Man Utd ahead of today’s ‘soft’ deadline, reports

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February 17 – Investors from Saudi Arabia have submitted a bid for Manchester United ahead of today’s “soft” deadline according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, a life-long supporter of the club and founder of chemicals firm INEOS, is also a likely bidder, along with US private equity firms, other reports suggest.

Bloomberg, meanwhile, says a Qatari consortium including Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the country’s former prime minister and ex-head of the Qatar Investment Authority, is putting the final touches on a proposal to acquire the club.

Today is a significant landmark on the road to the Glazer family selling United and ending their controversial 18-year involvement in the club.

A deal for the record 13-times English title winners will likely exceed the $5.2 billion recently paid for Chelsea.

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