United handlers are surprised at having NO contact from Sheikh Jassim

Manchester United takeover handlers Raine ‘are surprised at having NO direct contact from Sheikh Jassim’, despite Qatari’s final ‘take it over leave it’ offer to beat Sir Jim Ratcliffe

  • Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani has avoided making direct contact with Raine
  • The Qatari billionaire who want to buy United wants to stay out of the public eye
  • Sheikh Jassim eleventh-hour take it or leave it offer for the club on Tuesday night

Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani has avoided making direct contact with Raine -Man United’s takeover handlers – because he is ‘trying to stay out of the public eye’.  

The Qatari billionaire who wants to buy Manchester United made an extraordinary eleventh-hour ‘take it or leave it’ offer for the club on Tuesday evening.

However, Sheikh Jassim’s decision to refrain from the spotlight is said to be playing into Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s favour when it comes to securing the Premier League giants. 

Several sources ‘close to the deal’ are reportedly stating that Ratcliffe’s team are confident that his INEOS bid will be successful as a result. 

According to The Athletic, representatives for Sheikh Jassim say ‘he is not someone who wants to be in the public eye’.

Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani has avoided making direct contact with Man United takeover handlers Raine because he is ‘trying to stay out of the public eye’

Sheikh Jassim wants to buy 100 per cent of United and fully take over the club from the Glazers

It appears Ineos boss Sir Jim Ratcliffe is in a stronger position in the battle for Man United

Sheikh Jassim’s desire to remain in the shadows can be evidenced by the fact he decided against visiting Old Trafford and Carrington in person.

Instead he sent Shahzad Shahbaz – the president of the Nine Two Foundation – and Fady Bakhos – the most senior personal adviser to the Qatari royal. 

While the likes of Ratcliffe attended United’s facilities in person alongside Sir Dave Brailsford – the former British Cycling chief, who is instrumental in his bid. 

As a result, the British petrochemicals billionaire Ratcliffe is said to be in a stronger position than Sheikh Jassim. 

Ratcliffe’s offer was not for 100 per cent of the club’s shares, it did value Manchester United higher than the Qatari. 

Additionally, Ratcliffe has also offered executive co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer the opportunity to stay with a partial stake for two or four years before finally exiting. 

That prospect was seen as desirable to the brothers, who are thought to be keen on staying in some capacity at Old Trafford ahead of finally cashing out.

A decision over the future of the club should come soon as the clock is ticking when it comes to the opening of the transfer window and the Red Devils are in need of strengthening

As a result, Sheikh Jassim submitted an improved bid on Tuesday evening in an attempt to see off competition from his rival.

However, both Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim have been kept in the dark over the Glazers’ thinking and timetable for sale of Man United. 

There have already been three rounds of bidding with a deadline for final offers set last month and it was hoped that a preferred bidder would be chosen last week. 

Nevertheless, a decision should come soon with the clock ticking to the opening of the transfer window and United’s squad in need of strengthening. 

More to follow… 

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