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Man Utd sale: Beckham ‘open to holding talks’ to buy Red Devils from Glazers

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Man Utd sale: Beckham ‘open to holding talks’ to buy Red Devils from Glazers

David Beckham is ‘open to holding talks’ with potential bidders that want to buy Manchester United, the Financial Times reports.

  • Glazers announced intention of selling
  • FT reports Beckham ‘open to holding talks’
  • Fans would welcome Beckham involvement

WHAT’S HAPPENING? The report comes just days after it was announced the Glazers were open to selling United, as they consider “strategic alternatives” for the club. The FT reports that Beckham – who has allegedly been approached before on the matter but with little progress – is open to talking to prospective buyers about being a part of their bid.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: With the club’s worth estimated at anywhere between £4bn and £7bn, Beckham would not be able to afford a purchase on his own, the FT writes. However, the United legend’s history and affinity with the club would prove a vital asset to any bidder looking to pursue a deal, meaning Beckham could play a pivotal role in any potential investment consortium.

AND WHAT’S MORE: While any sort of deal is far from being finalised, there are a number of names being mooted to take over. United fan and billionaire owner of INEOS Sir Jim Ratcliffe has previously stated his interest in the club, while the FT note that private equity pair Josh Harris and David Blitzer are also among the list of potential buyers. That list also includes basketball moguls Stephen Pagliuca and Larry Tanenbaum, who were shortlisted to buy Chelsea earlier this year.

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