·10 June 2023
·10 June 2023
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi categorically denied speculation that he is involved in a potential Qatari-based bid to buy Manchester United on Saturday.
Reports on Friday suggested that Al-Khelaifi, the chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), had been actively involved in talks related to Sheikh Jassim’s attempt to purchase Man Utd from the Glazer family.
But despite his role in the ongoing takeover negotiations being described as ‘significant,’ Al-Khelaifi insists he has no part in Sheikh Jassim’s mission to buy out the Glazers.
As per Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, the 49-year-old has admitted potential investors frequently seek his advice, confirming the Glazers consulted him over the prospective sale of the Red Devils.
However, he was adamant that apart from a consulting role, he had no other hidden interest in one of the biggest takeover sagas in recent Premier League history.
Speaking in Istanbul ahead of the Champions League final, Al-Khelaifi briefed the media about his alleged involvement in the Qatari-based bid to acquire the ownership of United.
“It’s a joke to suggest that I’m involved in the bid,” he said.
“Lots of people want to talk to me about investing the clubs all over the world.
“It’s true I’ve spoken to the Glazers. I’ve spoken to Sheikh Jassim. But it’s absolutely not true that I’m involved in the bid.
“I have my hands totally full running PSG and ECA.”
The Glazers reportedly asked Al-Khelaifi to put ‘a little bit of pressure’ on Sheikh Jassim to increase his bid for Man United. But the Qatari businessman refused to take any part in negotiations.
A race for ownership of Man United is underway between Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim and British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe. The club’s potential sale price is estimated to reach as high as €6 billion.
But as negotiations draw on, Erik ten Hag’s hopes of revamping his squad after helping the club return to the Champions League in his first season remain in jeopardy.
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