Manchester United takeover latest: Qatar bid’s Glazers doubts ‘reduced’ after Old Trafford visit

Another eventful week in the Manchester United takeover process comes to an end.

A delegation representing Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani’s Nine Two Foundation was at Old Trafford on Thursday for face-to-face meetings with the United hierarchy, including Chief Executive Richard Arnold and Football Director John Murtough. Sir Jim Ratcliffe then arrived on Friday alongside other INEOS representatives for similar meetings in the second phase of the sales process.

Follow-up offers are expected to come in from both parties as early as next week, which would be the first formal offers since these initial indicative proposals. Here are the latest headlines on the United acquisition.

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Glazer’s Doubt ‘Reduced’

Sheikh Jassim’s agents have reportedly reduced their doubts about the Glazer family’s commitment to selling the club after meeting the United hierarchy on Thursday, according to the Guardian.

They report that “there is a perception that Americans are serious about completing a sale before the start of the summer transfer window”. The exact date when the transfer window will reopen is not official yet, but last year it opened on June 10th.

It is also reported that there is “no guarantee” that a second offering from Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation will represent an increase in the original offering. That first proposal was worth at least £4 billion.

The bidders agree on the future of Ten Hag

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS Group and Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation both reportedly agree that Erik ten Hag is the right manager for the club and will stay in the event of a takeover, according to the Mirror.

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