In an interview in May, David Beckham looked at his Manchester United with concern and was sure it was “Change will come and change will happen. There aren’t many teams that have gone through what they’ve been through in the past few years and are still filling their stadium. There will be changes.”
Beckham now apparently wants to make changes himself. As the prestigious Financial Times reports, the United legend could play a key role in the Glazer family’s proposed sale of the club. Accordingly, the 47-year-old “open to talks”.
Nine billion euros for United
The sales price is currently a breathtaking nine billion euros. A sum that the former king of the flanks, of course, cannot raise alone. In the background, however, a billion-dollar investment consortium is said to be working on the idea of taking over the Red Devils, with Beckham as the figurehead and darling of the public at the helm.
It is not known who exactly belongs to the group. However, it is said that investors have repeatedly met with Beckham in the past. Competition, however, comes from none other than Jim Ratcliffe, commonly known as the richest Englishman.
Does United fan take Ratcliffe seriously?
The Ineos boss, who was already mentioned as a possible prospect when taking over Chelsea FC and poker for Liverpool FC, is now being associated with the sale again. This time the interest could be much more justified, the billionaire is considered an ardent United fan.
Other potential bidders include the US sports and entertainment company Harris Blitzer and the Red Knights consortium led by Jim O’Neill, both of whom failed in a takeover in 2010. Also new to the group is the Spaniard Amancio Ortega, who owns the fashion chain Zara, among other things, and who, according to ‘Forbes’, is the 19th richest person in the world.