Manchester United non-executive director Michael Edelson has added to the recent takeover speculation by claiming the Glazer family will sell the club.
The Americans have repeatedly refuted claims they are prepared to let go of the Reds amidst growing rumours of an imminent approach from the Royal family of Qatar, but Edelson said it is ‘inevitable’ they would one day sell.
However, speaking at a function in Manchester, Edelson also added that it could be, ‘a long way down the line,’ and possibly, ‘another 20 or 30 years’, before the Glazers decided to cash in on the club they purchased in 2005.
Qatari takeover talk.
Edelson’s comments have done little to diffuse the tabloid talk that the mega-rich Qatar Royal family headed by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani are considering a takeover bid for United in the region of £1.5bn.
Qatar Holdings – the business arm of the Qatari Royal family – are stepping up their direct interest in football after the country was recently awarded the staging of the 2022 World Cup.
Just last week the group became the first paying sponsor to have their name on Barcelona’s shirts and they are said to be also keen to pull in a major football club under their umbrella to add gravitas to the controversial decision to grant their nation the 2022 World Cup.
Hammers eye Owen.
Michael Owen could be a shock transfer target for West Ham United.
The Reds striker has been injured for most of this campaign and is almost certain to be released from his Old Trafford contract when it expires in the summer.
United may choose to claim a nominal sum for the 31-year-old by cashing in during the January transfer window, with the struggling Hammers said to be interested.
However, whether the east London outfit could afford his wages, or indeed whether Owen would be prepared to become embroiled in another relegation battle after his ill-fated ventures with Newcastle, remains to be seen.