Man Utd to face ‘protests from rival teams’ as Qatar prepare to increase offer to Glazers | Football | Sport
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A successful Qatar-led takeover of Manchester United could reportedly face significant resistance from elsewhere in the Premier League if Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani's investment group buys the club from the Glazer family in the near future. The consortium met with United officials on Thursday after travelling to Manchester from London by train, with in-person discussions said to have ended on a positive note.

Sheikh Jassim is thought to be incredibly keen on purchasing United but faces stiff competition from Ineos chief and boyhood Red Devils supporter Jim Ratcliffe, with both parties expected to table new offers for the club before the end of this week. However, the big question will be whether the Qatari proposal will manage to surpass Ratcliffe's valuation of United and ultimately tempt the Glazers into selling up.

The Qatar-led group is expected to 'significantly increase' its offer to buy the club later this week, according to The Independent, although a successful takeover could risk a huge backlash from other Premier League sides if it goes ahead over the coming months. It is anticipated that there would be clear 'resistance' from United's domestic rivals, given the furore over the Saudi-backed owners at Newcastle and just how 'financially uncatchable' the Red Devils would be if they were fuelled by Qatari money.

It is also said that the topic of sportswashing and human rights in Qatar will become more apparent as any deal edges closer, which could see opposition from other Premier League clubs grow stronger in due course.

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There has always been a widespread expectation that a Qatari offer for United would simply 'blow everyone out the water', with some figures said to be confused as to why the group has not taken this approach since the start of the bidding process. However, others believe that it is part of a new strategy from the state to illustrate these are 'proper business investments', with a source quoted as saying: "They will try to pay the right price but they are adamant they won’t overpay."

It remains to be seen how the situation will play out between now and the start of next season, with the Glazers set to decide their next course of action once the new bids have been submitted over the coming days. There is still a possibility that any new investors could arrive in the form of minority shareholders, which would see United's current owners retain at least some say in how the club is run.

The Qatari group are believed to be more interested in the idea of a full-scale takeover, though, and will have been encouraged by Ratcliffe's latest comments in which he warned that he could decide to walk away from the process in order to avoid meeting 'stupid' demands.

Ratcliffe told the Wall Street Journal: "How do you decide the price of a painting? How do you decide the price of a house? It’s not related to how much it cost to build or how much it cost to paint. What you don’t want to do is pay stupid prices for things because then you regret it subsequently."

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