Sir Jim Ratcliffe buying Manchester United will affect OGC Nice’s transfer plans this summer, reports L’Equipe.
The British billionaire owns the French club and is looking to complete a takeover of the Red Devils.
However, it will come at a cost for Nice, who are set to lose some of their key players this summer.
Jean-Clair Todibo and Khephren Thuram could be sold, but getting funds to land replacements could be tricky.
Ratcliffe has not met the Glazers’ demand as the Man United owners want £6 billion for their club.
However, he has tabled £5bn and is proposing a full buyout of the Old Trafford club after three years.
Ratcliffe is facing stiff competition from Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, and a preferred bidder is expected to be named this week.
Despite becoming the second-richest person in the UK, completing the takeover of Man United will reduce Nice’s summer budget.
Ratcliffe will be focusing more on the Red Devils during the summer transfer window if he successfully buys the club.
Manager Erik ten Hag wants to bolster his squad and quality players cost top dollar.
While Nice manager Didier Digard claims he would be happy if the INEOS owner buys Man United, he could be in for a shocker.
Nothing is guaranteed yet, and Sheikh Jassim could end up pipping Ratcliffe to the club.
Both are finalising deal details with the Raine Group, and the Qataris are feeling confident.
The Qatar Islamic Bank chairman tabled a fifth bid for Man United last week, which included a significant further sum for investment in infrastructure and recruitment.
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