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Man United bidder Sheikh Jassim discusses joint venture with the Glazers to bring NFL games to Middle East

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani has discussed a joint venture with Manchester United owners, reports the Sun.

He submitted a revised bid on Friday and has spoken with the Glazers about bringing National Football League games to the Middle East.

The Red Devils owners also own NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Glazers want to grow the popularity of the Bucs and Sheikh Jassim is willing to help.

He believes a deal to bring NFL action to the Middle East could give him the upper hand in ongoing negotiations.

A source told the Sun: “Sheikh Jassim has offered to insert a clause in any takeover deal guaranteeing this and it appeals to the Glazers.”

It is unknown if the Sheikh’s £5 billion bid will be enough to convince the Man United owners.

They want £6bn for the Old Trafford club and Sir Jim Ratcliffe has also tabled a new offer.

Finnish entrepreneur Thomas Zilliacus claims he has submitted a fresh bid too.

Elliott Investment Management want a partial takeover and have tabled an offer for a minority stake.

However, the Qataris have been widely regarded as favourites due to their unparalleled financial might.

Sheikh Jassim wants an NFL team to stage an exhibition game in the national stadium in Doha, Qatar.

It offers the Glazers a chance to spread their NFL brand and make more cash.

The NFL wants to reach out to other continents and host matches across the world to keep growing the sports.

They have already fielded games at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, but breaking into the Middle East will be a game-changer.

The offer from the chairman of the Qatar Islamic Bank could be too tempting for the Glazers to turn down.

It is a trump card that could change the course of the Man United takeover race and see Sheikh Jassim emerge as the winner.