As reported by noted journalist Fabrizio Romano in an interview with GiveMeSport, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, one of the potential bidders for Manchester United, is confident that his bid holds substantial promise for the club’s future.
The Qatari billionaire jumped at the opportunity after the Glazer family announced in November that they were exploring various strategic options for the club, including a potential exit from United. As per 90min, the Sheikh is growing increasingly optimistic about being chosen as the favored bidder in the contest to take over the reins of the Red Devils.
The Nine Two Foundation, under the leadership of Sheikh Jassim, has made significant strides in negotiations with Manchester United and the Raine Group after presenting a final offer close to £6 billion earlier in the month.
However, negotiations surrounding the sale of the club are still ongoing with multiple interested parties, including Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Sheikh Jassim is of the belief that he can significantly contribute to Manchester United’s progress if granted control over the club, Romano reports.
Yet, Romano is also aware that the Nine Two Foundation, alongside Ratcliffe, is still waiting for the final verdict.
In his conversation with GiveMeSport, Romano stated, “I understand Manchester United fans being tired about the story, but it is about closing the deal. It’s on the Glazers. I think Sheikh Jassim did his best with his bid. He’s convinced his bid is very good for the future, so let’s wait and see.”
Although there are indications that the Glazer family is nearing the announcement of the preferred bidder, the approval procedure required to finalize any deal is expected to take up to 12 weeks.
This delay could spell trouble for head coach, Erik ten Hag. The uncertainty surrounding his transfer budget for the rest of the summer window could disrupt his plans.