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U.K. Billionaire Has Sights Set on Manchester United Ownership

  • An INEOS spokesperson confirmed INEOS is "formally" in the process to buy at least part of Manchester United.
  • No other groups have publicized their intention to acquire the club.
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One of Britain’s richest people could soon make a childhood dream of owning Manchester United a reality. 

Chemicals firm INEOS and its 70-year-old founder Jim Ratcliffe — who has an estimated net worth of $15.5 billion — are officially in the running to buy the Premier League team, an INEOS spokesperson confirmed to several outlets.

“We have formally put ourselves into the process,” they said.

No other groups have announced intentions to acquire the club, though the sale has reportedly attracted groups from the Middle East, Asia, and the U.S.

  • It was reported last week that Manchester United will invite formal takeover bids until mid-February
  • The club is expected to invite bids for total buyouts and minority stakes.

INEOS is also an owner of French side OCG Nice and Swiss club FC Lausanne Sport. There are no issues with acquiring Manchester United if the teams don’t play in the same competition.

The pair also have connections to Formula 1, cycling, sailing, and rugby.

Takeover Time

The Glazers, who announced plans to explore a sale in November following criticism over misguided management, are reportedly looking for an offer of more than $7.2 billion. Forbes last valued Manchester United at $4.6 billion.

It was previously reported that the Raine Group intends to complete a sale in the first financial quarter of 2023.