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Sir Jim Ratcliffe ‘closing in on’ Manchester United takeover

A fresh insight into the race to secure ownership of Premier League giants Manchester United has been provided late on Friday evening.

The subject of the potential changing of hands at Old Trafford, of course, has taken its place front and centre in the English media headlines once more over the course of the last couple of weeks.

This comes after the two leading candidates – Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe – submitted what are expected to represent their final respective offers.

After the former was initially viewed as favourite to strike a deal, it was subsequently revealed that Ratcliffe had in fact leapfrogged Al Thani, owing to his openness to agree to part-ownership terms with the Glazer brothers.

And, as alluded to above, late on Friday, a further update on the situation has come to the fore.

The info comes by way of The Times, who have revealed that:

This comes with the aforementioned Glazers ready to open formal negotiations with Ratcliffe’s INEOS group over the details of a sale.

A world-record deal, in turn, could soon be in the offing, albeit with Sheikh Al Thani, according to the Daily Mail, ‘far from conceding defeat’.

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Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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