In a recent development surrounding Manchester United’s ownership, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly inching towards securing a 25% share in the iconic club. This comes after Sheikh Jassim, the Qatari billionaire, opted out of a takeover bid for the Red Devils over the weekend.
Although Sheikh Jassim’s lucrative £5 billion offer was under consideration, it didn’t meet the Glazers’ expectations. It’s understood that even with Ratcliffe’s potential stake, the Glazers would retain a significant influence over the club’s proceedings.
While some United fans may remain skeptical about the Glazers’ ongoing control, Ratcliffe’s stake might usher in a change, particularly in footballing affairs. Reports from The Athletic highlight the possibility of Ratcliffe playing an instrumental role in crucial football decisions, notably transfers.
Interestingly, Sir Jim Ratcliffe might already have his eyes set on a maiden acquisition for the club. Jean-Clair Todibo, currently with Nice – a club owned by Ratcliffe – could soon be in Erik ten Hag’s plans. The Dutch manager previously had intentions of bolstering his defensive options last summer but faced budgetary constraints.
Given the unique position of Ratcliffe having a stake in both Nice and potentially Manchester United, the chances of Todibo’s transfer seem highly plausible. The young defender, who had a stint with Barcelona and recently debuted for France, could be a valuable addition to Ten Hag’s squad.
In another intriguing twist, Ratcliffe could ruffle some feathers in the rivalry domain by considering a move for Khephren Thuram, which might not sit well with Liverpool, who are an admirer of the player.