Man United believe they can snatch potential buyers from Liverpool as the Glazers hope to make £8BILLION from each sale… and the Red Devils are confident their global reach makes them a more attractive prospect than their rivals
- The Glazer family announced on Tuesday that they wanted to sell Man United
- This comes weeks after Liverpool’s owners said they are also open to sale
- United think they can snatch potential buyers from Liverpool
- They think their global reach gives them an edge over their rivals
Manchester United are confident they can wrest potential buyers from rivals Liverpool in what is expected to be a war for the highest bidder.
Sportsmail understands that those closely involved in the process believe United to be a much more attractive prospect than their old foes, thanks to superior global reach.
And by acting now, on Liverpool’s heels, they believe the biggest financial names in the market will turn their interest to Old Trafford rather than Anfield.
Earlier this month, Liverpool’s owners commissioned bankers to investigate how much the club could raise if they looked for new investment.
On Tuesday, however, United owners, the Glazer family, announced that they were going to put their asset on the market.
Insiders say the timing of that move was no coincidence.
The Glazer family announced plans on Tuesday night to try and sell Man United
This comes just weeks after Liverpool owners FSG said they were open to selling the Reds
United has instructed the Raine Group – a US bank that found a buyer for Chelsea earlier this year, while Liverpool’s lawsuit is being aided by compatriots Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.
News of United being made available is unlikely to have been welcomed favorably by those involved in the potential sale of the Anfield club.
United are thought to be expecting north of £5bn, with £6n to £8bn wanted.
Liverpool was valued at £3.89 billion by Forbes in May. Chelsea’s subsequent sale to a consortium for £2.5bn – with a guarantee of a further £1.75bn investment in the club – has not gone unnoticed.
Those involved expect great interest in United. The club claims to have 1.1 billion followers worldwide and while that figure is disputed, it is widely acknowledged within the industry that they have failed to effectively tap into their huge legion of supporters.
United expect a whopping £8 billion for the sale of the club
United believe their global reach gives them an edge over Liverpool when it comes to buyers
Those with digital expertise, such as Facebook and Amazon, are seen as credible suitors. However, sovereign states are also likely to be interested. Dubai has yet to follow Abu Dhabi (Manchester City), Qatar (Paris Saint-Germain) and Saudi Arabia (Newcastle United) and is seen as a serious contender. According to sources in Doha, ownership of PSG is unlikely to be an obstacle for Qatar, which is currently hosting the World Cup.
One issue that those interested in United will need to consider is the huge cost of Old Trafford redevelopment, which in itself could exceed £2 billion.
Architects were appointed in April to examine further steps.
Liverpool have had more success on the pitch than United in recent years
However, United are still confident they can snatch potential buyers from their rivals