AVRAM GLAZER has broken his silence regarding the Manchester United takeover – but warned fans the club may NOT be sold.
The American family owners of the Old Trafford side announced last month they are “exploring strategic alternatives for the club”.
PAAvram Glazer, left, is considering the options for the future of Manchester United[/caption]
It is understood they would be open to letting United go for between £6billion and £9bn.
The Raine Group are handling the possible deal with a full sale in the pipeline for the first quarter of 2023.
But now the co-owner has cast doubt over actually selling United.
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The 62-year-old said: “It’s not necessarily a sale, it’s a process and we’re going forward with the process, so we’ll see what happens.”
Pushed on the number of interested parties and a timescale, Glazer added: “I’m here to really watch the World Cup but I appreciate your interest.
“That’s the update, it’s the process and the process is proceeding.
“Once again, I’m here to enjoy the World Cup but I appreciate your questions.”
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Global giants Amazon are considering buying the club, while Apple could take a bite out of the Theatre of Dreams.
Oldham-born chemicals magnate Sir Jim Ratcliffe — a lifelong United fan and worth a staggering £11bn — is also interested following a failed late bid to beat Todd Boehly to his £4.25bn capture of Chelsea.
Manager Erik ten Hag admitted his conversations with the current ownership are limited – but hopes the new investment will help him get United competing at the top of the Premier League again.
The Dutchman said: “I don’t speak to them that often.
“But I’ve met them and we spoke about how we will work together and how we are going to achieve our objectives.
“I look at the competition around the Premier League, they all have the opportunity to invest. It’s a tough competition between seven or eight clubs.
“That’s a change in circumstances when you compare with five or ten years ago, so the competition is much tougher.
“Newcastle are coming, even West Ham. They have huge investment.
“Spurs definitely and then City and Liverpool. I don’t need to talk about them. Chelsea, I don’t need to talk about them.
“Quickly count seven or eight clubs that can compete in the league. Even at the bottom I don’t see weak teams — they’re all strong. It’s also about strategy, not just money.”