Man Utd takeover: Sir Jim Ratcliffe's final bid values club higher than Sheikh Jassim's offer

Sir Jim Ratcliffe hopes to take control of Manchester United
Sir Jim Ratcliffe hopes to take control of Manchester United / Valery HACHE / AFP | Visionhaus / Getty Images

Sir Jim Ratcliffe's bid to buy Manchester United does value the club higher than that of the rival offer from Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, sources have confirmed to 90min.

The Glazer family are currently weighing up their options with regards to the ownership of the Red Devils, exploring a full sale or outside investment.

After two initial rounds of bidding, the deadline to make final offers passed on Friday night, with 90min reporting at the time that Sheikh Jassim had lodged a world-record bid for Man Utd.

The Qatari's offer eclipsed the current £5bn world record for a sports team, though was still a little short of the £6bn valuation by the Glazers.

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And 90min understands that Sheikh Jassim has suffered another blow in the race to buy United as the bid submitted by Ratcliffe technically values the club at a higher price.

However, Ratcliffe's offer is only to gain a controlling stake in United and there remains the option for the Glazers to remain at the club - a prospect which fans have protested against in Manchester prior to Sunday's clash with Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

Sources have told 90min that Ratcliffe is hoping to show he will do whatever it takes in order to succeed with his bid, even if that means the Glazers stay on in some capacity.

Raine Group, who are handling the sale process, have also received offers from bidders looking to make minority investments.


On this edition of The Promised Land, part of the 90min podcast network, Scott Saunders Rob Blanchette discuss what Man Utd's perfect summer transfer window might look like, with links to a new striker, central midfielder and central defender doing the rounds.

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