On Friday night, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani made a final and world-record bid to buy Manchester United. The bid, worth a staggering £5 billion, is now in the hands of the Glazer family, who own the club.
Sheikh Jassim, a member of the Qatari royal family, has been interested in purchasing the Premier League club for some time. He has previously made bids for other top-flight English teams, including Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United.
If the bid is accepted, Sheikh Jassim would become the first Arab owner of a Premier League club since Sheikh Mansour bought Manchester City in 2008. The purchase would also be the most expensive in the history of football, surpassing the £3.4 billion paid by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund for Newcastle United in 2021.
The Glazer family, who have owned Manchester United since 2005, have not yet made a decision on the bid. However, reports suggest that they are seriously considering the offer.
Fans of the club have been divided over the Glazers’ ownership in recent years, with many calling for a change in ownership. The potential sale to Sheikh Jassim has also sparked debate, with some concerned about the influence of foreign ownership in English football.
For now, the decision remains in the hands of the Glazers. Whether they choose to sell to Sheikh Jassim or not.