Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani has opted out of the competition to acquire Manchester United, bringing to light a tantalizing list of top-tier transfer targets.
News broke on Saturday that the Qatari consortium, led by Sheikh Jassim, has decided to bow out of their bid for the prestigious Old Trafford outfit. This move has paved the way for British magnate Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the head honcho at INEOS, to step forward. He’s anticipated to secure a 25% ownership of the Red Devils.
Despite the withdrawal, there were last-minute negotiations between Sheikh Jassim and the Glazer family, which unfortunately didn’t bear fruit.
The ripple effects of the Qatari’s pullout are felt beyond mere ownership stakes. A reveal from German publication BILD (as cited by The Sun) has thrown into the limelight three stellar footballers that were under Sheikh Jassim’s radar.
At the helm of this illustrious list was PSG’s golden boy, Kylian Mbappe. His ongoing contract with Paris Saint Germain is nearing its term, with strong indicators pointing towards a move to Real Madrid. Yet, Sheikh Jassim harbored ambitions to redirect Mbappe’s path, counting on his substantial financial might.
Further, the revelation highlighted that Sheikh Jassim had set his sights on two more French prodigies – Real Madrid’s dynamo, Eduardo Camavinga, and Bayern’s fleet-footed Kingsley Coman, both of whom were integral to his envisioned transfer blueprint.
The Qatari’s Sheikh Jassim Group want to go for Kingsley Coman, Camavinga and Kylian Mbappé, if their takeover of @ManUtd is successful
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) May 3, 2023