United could find themselves being the next pawn in the ‘Qatari world domination of football’ as soon as next week if reports are to be believed.
The Mirror notes:
Manchester United are a £1.5billion-plus target for a new takeover bid by the Qatari royal family.
Top Middle East sources revealed last night that an official approach to the Glazer family is being made and a deal could even be clinched by next week.
The American owners – who have angered fans by running one of the world’s top clubs in their own controversial way – could be open to doing business, despite past refusals.
The super-rich Qataris think United is a good deal – even at the profit it would make for the current rulers and other shareholders.
Qatar has already won the right to host the World Cup finals in 2022 and some of their wealthy elite have bought into top European projects at Spanish club Malaga and French giants Paris St Germain.
Now United is the prize – although the exact identity of the buyer is being kept under wraps.
The Mirror understands that a delegation from the Qatari royal family, headed by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, will be in Manchester on Monday in a bid to conclude the deal.
Any deal which sees the Glazers finally leave Old Trafford would be welcomed by the vast majority of Reds, while one of the richest families in the world pumping money into the club should hardly be a bad thing.
With United possessing a young vibrant squad, a huge cash injection is arguably not needed, although it could give Sir Alex’s successor a big help when the time finally does come for someone to take over the Old Trafford hot seat.