Put on sale last November by the Glazer family, the Manchester United club could be the subject of a surprise offer this week.
While the dead line is fast approaching for candidates to buy the Red Devils, another billionaire seems ready to go crazy. According to information from DailyMail, the whimsical Elon Musk is currently studying the possibility of affording the English club. The Glazer family has given itself until February 17 to find a potential buyer, but this date could be postponed if a credible buyer approaches the price demanded by the American owners. The British tabloid does indeed affirm that Elon Musk would question the advisability of writing a check for 5 billion euros to complete this file.
The boss of Tesla and SpaceX, who also got his hands on the social network Twitter recently has always enjoyed the Red Devils. If the information were to be confirmed, it would obviously change a lot of things in this file. The fortune of the American businessman, estimated at nearly 180 billion euros, would allow him to calmly assume this potential takeover while investing in new players or new infrastructures in the future. Saudi and Asian investors have also positioned themselves in recent weeks.
Qatar and Ineos on the lookout
To this list of potential buyers, we must also add a certain Jim Ratcliffe. The richest man in Great Britain, who notably owns the Inoes group, had bought OGC Nice in 2019 but that would not necessarily be a brake on this file. “We are officially registered in the process”, had notably announced a spokesperson for the 70-year-old businessman in mid-January. Ratcliff had already tried to buy Chelsea last year when Roman Abramovich put the Blues up for sale following the Russian offensive in Ukraine. As announced by the Guardian a few days ago, the Emir of Qatar would also consider offering himself Manchester United, while remaining in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.