Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Man Utd deal struck by new delay as Murtough exit ‘unclear’

Man Utd are making huge changes ahead of Sir Jim Ratcliffe coming into the club | Football Digest

With the final international break until March nearing an end, Manchester United are preparing to start a crunch period in the season against Everton on Sunday. But the Premier League trip to Goodison Park is overshadowed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s deal with the Glazer family, which could face its latest delay.

The Glazers announced a strategic review 12 months ago, and Sir Jim has emerged as their preferred bidder, beating competition from Qatari royal Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The 71-year-old INEOS founder is set to purchase a 25 per cent stake for around £1.4billion, inheriting total sporting control to rebuild the club’s football operations.

There was increasing hope that his arrival would be announced this week, but fresh reports suggest supporters may face an extended wait.

Relentless delays have struck the takeover saga, and one more could be on the horizon. Another may occur once Sir Jim enters power.

Express Sport provides all the latest news from Old Trafford in the build-up to club football’s return this weekend.

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Sir Jim faces fresh delay

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s £1.4bn deal for a 25 per cent stake in Manchester United was expected to be announced this week.

However, United fans may face an even longer wait for the INEOS founder’s arrival based on fresh reports.

According to the Telegraph, there are now no guarantees a deal will be struck before Thursday’s US holiday Thanksgiving.

And some close to the process fear it will be next week until confirmation becomes a possibility.

There will then be a six to eight-week wait for the Premier League to ratify any deal before Sir Jim can get to work.


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