Apple, Britain's richest man or even Elon Musk: No shortage of candidates to take over Manchester United

Manchester United are living through turbulent days in the midst of the World Cup. After the Cristiano Ronaldo saga and his interview for the Red Devils, the Portuguese was fired earlier this week. But that’s not all since on Tuesday the club announced that the Glazer family, owners of the club since 2005, were ready to sell Manchester United.

The candidates to take over the club seem numerous if we are to believe the British press in recent days. Thus, according to information from the Daily Star, taken up by other English media, the giant Apple would be interested in buying the club, winner of two Champions Leagues. The American company could make an offer of around 6 billion euros, which would constitute, if accepted, the most expensive acquisition in history for a football club.

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Apple is one of the best known multinationals in the world. Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, it now has an annual turnover of nearly 380 billion euros. Also according to the Daily Star, Tim Cook, the current boss of the electronics company, is “exploring the opportunities that the acquisition of Manchester United could offer.”

After Chelsea, Jim Ratcliffe returns to the charge with a weighty argument

But Apple would not be alone in the race to buy the English club. According to several English newspapers including the Sun, the Telegraph and the Financial Times, a consortium led by businessman Jim Ratcliffe could also invest in the Mancunian club. Ratcliffe is the boss of the company INEOS, which specializes in chemicals and already owns OGC Nice and Lausanne.

The businessman, considered Britain’s richest man, was also cited as a lead in last summer’s takeover of Chelsea from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. But ultimately the London club was taken over by American Tedd Boehly.

Recently, Ratcliffe confirmed he had his sights set on Manchester United: “If the club had been up for sale in the summer, yes, we probably would have taken a chance following what happened with Chelsea, but we can’t stay there. to wait forever for Manchester United to be available. I met Joel and Avram, and they are lovely people. They are real gentlemen, and they do not want to sell”, he confided a few months ago.

Obviously Ratcliffe has still not given up on the idea of ​​investing in an English club and to give more weight to his project, he would have associated the former legend of Man U, a certain David Beckham, who also became a man of business and owners of Inter Miami in MLS.

Manchester United, Elon Musk’s new toy?

Alongside these two concrete leads, Elon Musk, Twitter’s whimsical new boss, has also shown interest. In a tweet, he wrote last summer that he would buy the club. His tweet quickly exceeded 800,000 likes on the social network, having the effect of a bomb. It remains to be seen whether the American billionaire will return to the charge in the coming days.

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