Manchester United’s potential bidders are unsure whether the Glazers are looking for a full sale ahead of the soft deadline on February 17, ESPN report.
The Glazers signalled their intention to explore strategic alternatives back in November last year and they have since hired Raine Group as their advisors.
It has been predicted that a sale could go through by March, but ESPN now suggest that the scenario could be different with no outright sale planned.
According to the outlet, the Glazers seem to be looking for a minority stake or 50 per cent sale of the club rather than giving up on their entire ownership.
With debts amounting to more than £800 million, the Glazers are aware that they need outside investment such that the club can compete at the top level.
A 50 per cent sale could be a possibility
Over recent years, Avram and Joel Glazer have purchased most of the club’s assets from their four Glazer siblings. Hence, they have full control over the decision-making.
Aside from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, there has been no public interest from anywhere else, but it has been reported that a wealthy group of Qatari investors want to buy the club.
The big question is whether they would be willing to pay a record £6bn fee for a sports team. The Glazers’ demands are certainly exorbitant, given United’s lack of recent success.
With debts and the need to renovate Old Trafford, the figure could put off many suitors. Hence, a 50 per cent sale could be a possibility. It is certainly better than nothing.
With a soft deadline set for next week, we should know more about the Glazers’ plan. For now, it seems they won’t be walking away from the club unless their demands are met.
- Elliott Investment Management submits offer for Man United minority stake
- Man Utd continuing attempts to agree new contracts with De Gea and Rashford
- Man Utd and Chelsea vying to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana
- With Paul Mitchell set to leave Monaco, Man Utd must beat Liverpool and sign him
- Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on his controversial Manchester United exit for the first time
- Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in Man United goalkeeper Dean Henderson could open talks for Harry Kane deal
- Manchester United in advanced talks to sign Watford left-back Harry Amass
- Man Utd star Christian Eriksen provides huge injury update on Instagram
- Behind only Arsenal, Man Utd have been fined six-figure sum for referee abuse
- Man Utd target Diogo Costa could be sold as Porto require €50m to balance their books