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Manchester United takeover announcement is close, with confirmation coming: report

Manchester United stadium Old Trafford during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match on October 26, 2002 between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Manchester United are close to announcing the confirmation of Sir Jim Ratcliffe's investment into the club.

Ratcliffe, who is a lifelong fan of the Red Devils, is set to pump around £1.25 billion into Manchester United in return for around 25 per cent of the club. It is expected that he will take control of football operations.

It's almost a year to the day that the Glazer family announced that they were considering selling the club. The bombshell was dropped on November 22 2022 to widespread relief from United fans, who have been dissatisfied with the Americans' running of the club for years. 

Manchester United co-chairmen Joel Glazer and Avram Glazer are selling 25 per cent of the club (Image credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

But an end may well be in sight to the saga now, with the BBC claiming that an announcement could be due next week. 

Ratcliffe has already amended his initial plan to buy the Glazers' 69% shareholding. The owners originally planned to sell the entire club, but no one has met their demands, according to several reports over the last few months.

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Qatari billionaire Sheikh Jassim withdrew his interest last month, after claiming that his final bid for United had not met the Glazers' valuation. His bid was thought to be around £5bn – some double Manchester United's stock market valuation.

The Glazers have been criticised for their overly ambitious valuation of United, considering the state of the club and its infrastructure. 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will take control of football matters (Image credit: DIRK WAEM/AFP via Getty Images)

Sources "with a close working knowledge of Ratcliffe" told BBC Sport that was "impossible to imagine" the Nice owner would have agreed to be a "silent partner" at the club he supports. 

It is expected Sir Dave Brailsford, the former performance director at British Cycling, will be brought to Old Trafford, too.

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