MANCHESTER UNITED are edging closer to the completion of a huge takeover – and Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani has officially made his interest known.
The Glazers put the club up for sale back in November after 17 years of ownership.
But the United owners set a deadline of 10pm GMT on Friday, February 17 for potential buyers to submit their bids.
It was reported that the Glazer family wanted £5billion to sell the English giants despite its current value of £2.9bn.
And it seems as if Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani could be the man to give them what they want.
Has Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani put in a bid for Man Utd?
Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the Gulf state’s ruling Royal Family, is aiming for a full buy-out of the Old Trafford club.
And his father Hamad is a former Prime Minister of Qatar, made his formal approach to United’s bid supervisors, the US-based Raine Group, ahead of the “soft” deadline.
In a statement issued on his behalf by a senior London PR company, Sheikh Jassim said he planned to “return the Club to its former glories both on and off the pitch”.
The statement added: “Above all, the bid will seek to place the fans at the heart of Manchester United Football Club once more.”
What is Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani’s net worth?
Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani is part of the ruling royal family who have a collective net worth estimated to be at around $335billion.
The head of the royal family – Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is estimated to be worth around $2billion alone.