Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani Submits a Fresh Bid to Acquire Manchester United in a Takeover

Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Qatari billionaire, has made an improved and competitive bid to purchase Manchester United football club. The deadline for second bids was 9pm on Wednesday but Sheikh Jassim's representatives asked for an extension and were given more time. Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Finnish entrepreneur Thomas Zilliacus have also submitted revised bids.

Elliott Management has made an offer to buy a minority stake in the club and has offered to finance other parties interested in investing in United. The Glazers, the current owners of the club, want at least £6bn for the sale, and there have been reports of as many as eight separate potential investors. It is now up to Raine Group, the firm handling the sale of United, and the Glazers to evaluate all the proposals they have received and decide on the next steps.

Finnish entrepreneur Thomas Zilliacus has appealed to Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe to join forces with him to buy half of United, with the other half bought by fans. Zilliacus has increased his own bid and has said that the involvement of fans in never-before-seen ways would be the best for the club and its fans. Raine Group and the Glazers will now evaluate all the proposals and decide on the next steps, and it should be revealed next week if there is going to be one preferred bidder or another round of bids.

There have been reports of the Qatari's playing games in terms of the delay in submitting their second bid. There were people in the US who were beginning to wonder whether the Qataris were actually going to bid, but the information was that they were always going to bid. The Qataris do not want to make the Glazers think they are desperate to buy Manchester United, and so may be playing a little bit of poker.

The potential investors' desire to purchase Manchester United football club is indicative of the huge amounts of money in the football industry. Football is one of the most lucrative sports in the world, and Manchester United is one of the most well-known and valuable clubs, with a huge global following. Football clubs have become businesses, and many are owned by wealthy investors who have invested large sums of money to buy and develop them. The investment returns can be significant, with the potential for huge profits from merchandising, broadcasting, and sponsorship deals.

The sale of Manchester United is part of a broader trend of the sale of football clubs to wealthy investors, which has been happening for the past few decades. The trend started in the 1990s with the creation of the English Premier League and the explosion of broadcasting revenues. It has accelerated in recent years, as wealthy investors from all over the world have become interested in buying football clubs, often seeing them as a way to gain prestige, influence, and connections. The sale of Manchester United will be one of the most high-profile examples of this trend, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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