Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has, on Saturday, responded to claims of his ongoing involvement in the Qatari takeover efforts at Premier League giants Manchester United.
For those who may have missed it, a major story centering on Al-Khelaifi and United broke online a little over 24 hours ago.
The info came by way of reliable journalist David Ornstein, who revealed that the PSG chief has played a ‘significant role’ in negotiations over Sheikh Jassim’s bid to take control at Old Trafford.
Amid ongoing efforts to beat out competition from fellow candidate Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Jassim’s bid team are understood to have made initial contact with Al-Khelaifi for advice regarding the Glazers’ hefty valuation of United.
This, however, subsequently resulted in the Glazers themselves reaching out to the PSG chief - a leading figure in European football - to urge the Qatari group to increase their offer.
In turn, as per Ornstein’s report:
‘Al-Khelaifi, acting in an advisory role for Sheikh Jassim’s bid, has met the Glazers and Raine Group, the American bank that is conducting the sale on behalf of the Florida-based family, to discuss the proposed takeover.’
With Jassim himself having played ‘no personal role in negotiations’ over his proposed takeover at Old Trafford, calls have therefore begun to spread amongst rival clubs for the Premier League to launch an investigation into the source of the funds involved, as well as the true driving force behind the Qatari bid.
Late on Saturday, it should therefore come as little surprise to hear of Al-Khelaifi moving to clarify the situation.
Speaking to the BBC, the Qatari businessman was drawn on the claims of his ongoing involvement in the takeover process on the red half of Manchester.
Al-Khelaifi, however, was quick to play the subject down, assuring that he has ‘nothing to do with Manchester United’, with Paris Saint-Germain remaining the 49-year-old’s sole focus: