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Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s team say that reports suggesting the Qatari royal’s bid to purchase Manchester United are ‘pure speculation. United’s owners the Glazer family are keeping bidders waiting for a solution following a lengthy takeover process. 

Sheikh Jassim and fellow bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe remain at midnight over who has won the battle to purchase the Premier League club, or if there’ll even be a takeover in any respect. Ratcliffe was reportedly in ‘advanced talks’ along with his proposal last week, which incorporates a controversial deal for Joel and Avram Glazer to stay as minority stakeholders until 2026. 

The Qataris responded by launching an eye-watering £5billion offer last week, giving the Glazers and merchant bank Raine Group until Friday evening to make a call. A response doesn’t appear to have been given, with Sheikh Jassim’s offer remaining on the table. 

Some reports earlier this week suggested that Sheikh Jassim’s bid had been successful. A Qatari media outlet claimed that he had even been congratulated by a businessman within the Middle East country, although the report now cites ‘international media’ as its source. 

In response to the Mirror, the position of Sheikh Jassim’s team is that such talk is ‘pure speculation’. The Qataris have supposedly not heard from the Glazers, nor Raine Group. 

Sheikh Jassim’s offer is for 100 per-cent of the club, debt-free, and includes an additional £1billion kept aside to renovate Old Trafford and its surrounding area. Ratcliffe, whose bid has been made through his petrochemicals giant INEOS, wants an initial 60 per-cent of the club with two of the Glazer siblings remaining until 2026. 

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