The Glazer family hopes to make $9 billion by selling Manchester United, and Cristiano Ronaldo is now a free agent. In other news, Tottenham defender Djed Spence may leave the club due to frustration, and Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham may spark a bidding war from clubs such as Manchester City and Real Madrid.
According to the Sun and others, the Glazer family is ready to sell Manchester United. They are starting a strategic review with the intention of raising £9 billion from any takeover. The Glazer family has been in charge for nearly two decades, paying roughly £790 million for the club, and will walk away with a huge profit – with Jim Ratcliffe possibly the buyer.
Ratcliffe has frequently expressed a desire to purchase United but has been denied the opportunity by the Glazers, who appear pleased to keep ownership. Ratcliffe cannot afford to buy the club solely out of his own money, so a consortium or a sovereign wealth fund would need to get together to combine resources.
Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea are the two teams most likely to make a move for Cristiano Ronaldo now that he has left Manchester United after his contract was terminated. According to the Mirror, Sporting Lisbon would welcome the 37-year-old striker’s return after a two-decade absence, but Ronaldo may not fit into Graham Potter’s plans.
Paper Round’s take: Given Karim Benzema’s recent injury for France and their failure to sign Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid are another alternative, while Mbappe’s current club Paris Saint-Germain may also consider combining him with Lionel Messi. Newcastle is another possible alternative, but it’s difficult to see who could pay his high salary.