Sir Jim Ratcliffe arrives at Old Trafford for £6billion takeover talks as he is given tour 24 hours after Qataris

IT WAS the turn of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos co-owners to get the VIP tour of Manchester United today ahead of their prospective takeover bid.

We reported yesterday how his rivals, the potential new Qatari owners, arrived for a look around the club on Thursday.

Eamonn and James ClarkeSir Jim Ratcliffe has this morning received his VIP tour of Man Utd ahead of his takeover bid[/caption]

ZenpixHe was spotted arriving at the Theatre of Dreams alongside a host of his Ineos colleagues[/caption]

Eamonn and James ClarkeSir Jim Ratcliffe was greeted by Man Utd CEO Richard Arnold[/caption]

ZenpixSir Jim is bidding to take over the club along with the Qataris[/caption]

Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the Gulf state’s ruling royal family, has tabled a bid believed to be under the Glazers’ £6billion asking price.

Al Thani’s bid is reportedly worth £5bn but he is promising to wipe the club’s debt and fund upgrades for both Old Trafford and Carrington.

But one of Britain’s richest men, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and his Ineos group also made a bid.

Locally-born United supporter Ratcliffe, 70, has pitched that he will put “Manchester back into Manchester United” with a “British bid to make the club a beacon for a modern, progressive, fan-centred approach to ownership.”

And today it was his turn to head to Old Trafford to take a look at what he could be buying.

Andy Currie and John Reece, the co-owners of Ineos with Jim were in attendance at the Theatre of Dreams as was Rob Nevin, chair of Ineos Sport and long-time right hand man to the billionaire.

And they were also joined by Jean Claude Blanc, CEO of Ineos Sport, and Sir Dave Brailsford, Director of Sport at Ineos Sport.

Ratcliffe – who owns Ligue 1 side Nice – was snapped arriving at Old Trafford and being greeted by chief executive Richard Arnold. 


Just like the officials representing the Middle East, the group are believed to be meeting staff members of various departments, including football, financial and commercial as well as receiving a tour of the Theatre of Dreams and the Carrington training ground.

Both the stadium and training HQ are in need of a revamp, and the trip will have allowed them to assess how much would be needed for a makeover.

All interested parties have been told that they have 10 days to submit their next offer to purchase the club.

Second offers will be invited to be made to the US bank Raine Group, who are handling the sale on behalf of the Glazers.

They will then consult with American owners before determining who their preferred bidder is and then giving them full access to United’s accounts and then further negotiations could take place.

Two other bidders that are believed to be from the USA are also allegedly in the frame and will be doing the same.

ReutersSir Jim jetted in from Nice early on Friday morning[/caption]

ZenpixHe was then driven straight to United’s legendary home for talks[/caption]

JOHN MATHER/IMAGE VIEWPHOTOGRAPHYRepresentatives of Man Utd’s potential new Qatari owners were at Old Trafford yesterday[/caption]

AFPSheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani is believed to have bid around £5bn[/caption]

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