Manchester United’s potential new Qatari owners don’t have as big a net worth as many of their Premier League rivals, they could be better off with Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
United fans are readying themselves for what could be a monumental day, sometime in the relatively near future, with the Glazer family looking to sell.
The club could be in the hand of new owners by Easter, and certainly by the end of the current campaign, which would end 18 years of the Glazers ownership.
First Qatar’s ‘chairman of banks,’ Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani was confirmed as having made a bid, and, on Saturday, Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, announced through INEOS he was the second bidder.
Some fans will be wary of the Middle East investors, due to the human rights record of the country, as was the issue with hosting the World Cup in Qatar last year.
Others won’t mind, as long as the new owners clear the Glazers’ debts, invest in the club and bring success, however, Al Thani’s personal net worth is not actually high as Ratcliffe’s.
The Nice owner would come in as the fourth richest owner in the Premier League, if his bid was given the green light, behind only United’s rivals.
22. Brentford – Matthew Benham – £250 million
21. Nottingham Forest – Evangelos Marinakis – £505 million
20. AFC Bournemouth – Bill Foley – £1 billion
19. Southampton – Dragan Solak and Katharina Liebherr – £1.05 billion
18. Brighton and Hove Albion – Tony Bloom – £1.3 billion
17. Leicester City – The Srivaddhanaprabha Family – £1.41 billion
16. Manchester United (potential new owner) – Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani – £1.56 billion
Old Trafford could soon have a new owner. Image: Alamy15. Everton – Farhad Moshiri – £2.5 billion
14. Leeds United – Andrea Radrizzani – £3.3 billion
13. Manchester United – The Glazer Family – £13.8 billion
12. Crystal Palace – John Textor, Steve Parish, Joshua Harris, David S Blitzer – £4.4 billion
11. Tottenham Hotspur – Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy – £4.8 billion
10. Wolves – Guo Guangchang, Liang Xinjun, Wang Qunbin – £5.7 billion
9. West Ham – David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky – £6 billion
8. Fulham – Shahid Khan – £7.4 billion
7. Liverpool – John W. Henry & Tom Werner – £8.1 billion
6. Aston Villa – Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris – £9.7 billion
5. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke – £10.65 billion
4. Manchester United potential owner – Sir Jim Ratcliffe – £10.9 billion
Ratcliffe also wants to own United. Image: Alamy3. Chelsea – Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital Group, Hansjorg Wyss & Mark Walter – £13 billion
2. Manchester City – £23.2 billion
1. Newcastle United – Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners, RB Sports & Media – £479 billion
Whilst Manchester City’s owners have done very well with their money at the Etihad Stadium, it’s far from guaranteed that money equals success.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has splashed around half a billion in transfers since coming to the Premier League, and his side continue to struggle.