Manchester United legend David Beckham is open to holding talks over potentially joining a bid to buy the club, according to new reports. Beckham could expand his football ownership empire by producing a fantasy scenario at Old Trafford that a Hollywood script-writer would be proud of.
According to the Financial Times, Beckham is ready to discuss United with potential bidders, who could look to recruit the football icon to bolster their chances of buying the club from the Glazer family. The 47-year-old’s Red Devils history and relationship with supporters could be two significant factors in any deal, although he can’t afford to launch a takeover alone.
One banker close to the situation claims the Glazers could sell United for almost £7billion, but any bidding war between suitors would likely propel the final fee for one of the world’s biggest sports teams even higher. But the current Tampa-based owners considering ‘all strategic alternatives’ means a full-blown sale isn’t guaranteed.
It remains to be seen if any interested party would be able to meet the financial requirements for a purchase, especially given others close to the process suggest that even agreeing to a £4billion price tag would be overpaying. United were unprofitable last year, while their rivals Manchester City posted record numbers.
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Other potential buyers include Ineos owner and United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe, private equity duo Josh Harris and David Blitzer, and basketball tycoons Stephen Pagliuca and Larry Tanenbaum. Both parties were battling to buy Chelsea in 2021 before Todd Boehly’s consortium successfully took over the Blues from Roman Abramovich.
Boehly purchased Chelsea for just over £2bn, which will likely be used as a gauge for both United and Liverpool in the coming months, with Fenway Sports Group also looking to cash in on the Anfield giants. Given the money involved with a potential deal for United, US investors and Middle Eastern states have been touted as likely early contenders.
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