Sir Jim Ratcliffe expresses interest in buying Manchester United

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is interested in buying Manchester United if the club is available.

A spokesperson for Ratcliffe told The Times: “If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer.

“If something like this were possible, we would be interested in discussing long-term ownership.”

Ratcliffe is the CEO of the Ineos group. The 69-year-old is the owner of cycling team Ineos Grenadiers and Ligue 1 club OGC Nice. It also owns Swiss Super League club FC Lausanne-Sport.

Born in Greater Manchester, Ratcliffe grew up a Man Utd fan despite being a Chelsea season ticket holder.

He positions himself at the front of the line if the Glazers decide to sell the club.

United’s campaign has only just begun, but there is so much turmoil at the club.

After two games, the club find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League table. They suffered shocking losses to Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Brentford.

Star man Cristiano Ronaldo has publicly campaigned to walk away from the club.

United are also struggling to attract top footballers without the lure of Champions League football.

They struggled to bring transfer targets such as Frenkie de Jong, Marko Arnautovic, Antony and Benjamin Sesko.

The club is going through an upheaval, with fans demanding the Glazer family leave.

Malcolm Glazer bought Man Utd in 2005 via a financial model that left the club in debt years later. Fans have never warmed to the Glazers.

There is so much chaos around the club that the Glazers might be considering a sale.

“It’s not about the money that has been spent or not spent,” the Ratcliffe spokesperson added.

“Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it seems like the time has come for a reset.”

Ratcliffe dropped a last-minute £4.25billion bid to buy Chelsea this summer. However, his bid was rejected in favor of Todd Boehly’s consortium.

He has now turned his attention to Man Utd, but things may not be so easy for him.

The Glazer family did not decide to sell the club. They are only looking for an investor to buy a minority stake in the club and nothing more.

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