Sheikh Jassim finally played his trump card on Wednesday. After making a fifth bid, the Qatari billionaire notified Manchester United that his current offer would be his last, as the unknown figure became frustrated with the lengthy purchase process. If he doesn’t get Sir Jim Ratcliffe, it’s not impossible that he’ll cause havoc by bidding for a rival instead…
Sheikh Jassim expressed his interest in acquiring United in January, two months after the Glazers said they would consider a sale.
On Wednesday, he submitted his fifth proposal for the club, making it plain that he is willing to walk away immediately if he is not encouraged.
In sum, the saga has devolved into a shambles.
Erik ten Hag is still in the dark, with the Dutchman eager to learn who will be in charge as he attempts to boost the team during the summer transfer window.
While Sheikh Jassim is still interested, Ratcliffe appears to be the frontrunner in the battle to purchase the club.
The INEOS boss is willing to let the Glazers stay at Old Trafford in reduced roles before selling their shares later.
If Ratcliffe succeeds in gaining the crown, Sheikh Jassim may choose the ultimate vengeance.
The Qatari billionaire wants to purchase a Premier League club, despite the fact that Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia already control Manchester City and Newcastle, respectively.
As a result, going after a competitor cannot be ruled out.
Last month, ESPN journalist Mark Ogden told The United Stand about the possibility of Sheikh Jassim bidding for Tottenham.
“PSG was a great move [for the club’s Qatari owners] because it’s Paris, it’s a great city, but I think over the years they’ve found that Ligue 1 is just not big enough,” he remarked.
“They want to be associated with the Premier League.”
“Someone recently told me that if the Qataris do not buy Manchester United, they will return and may end up buying Tottenham.”
“He said, look, if Abu Dhabi owns Manchester City, Saudi Arabia owns Newcastle, and Qataris possibly buy Tottenham, you’ve got three clubs that can pull away.”
“Every year, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal would compete for fourth place, which is a terrifying prospect for [them].”
That would undoubtedly be ‘terrifying’ for United to face.
Sheikh Jassim purchasing Tottenham would result in yet another contender being rich with wealth, allowing them to compete for the biggest titles on offer.
With a magnificent stadium and excellent foundations behind them, the Spurs are a promising enterprise.
Then there’s the odd example of Liverpool.
Sheikh Jassim has stated that he supports Manchester United. When it comes to business, though, nothing can be ruled out.