After initially declaring that he would not be looking to purchase the Reds because the Glazers &aposdid not want to sell&apos, Sir Jim Ratcliffe told The Times that he was thoroughly in the conversation to buy the club. A spokesperson for the billionaire said: “We have formally put ourselves into the process.”
Ratcliffe&aposs interest in sport is wide-reaching and he has enjoyed success elsewhere, most notably with British cycling&aposs Team Ineos. In football, however, his success has been more modest.
Currently, Ratcliffe owns the French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice. They currently find themselves in mid-table and look unlikely to be threatened by relegation.
Owning a club like United compared to Nice is an altogether different challenge that Ratcliffe and his team will have to overcome. But, if OGC Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere&aposs words are anything to go by, Reds fans have no reason to be concerned.
He told the show Gym Tonic (via Foot Mercato) back in September 2022: “Jim has the means to buy Manchester United, who is the club of his heart, but Jim, who lives on the Cte dAzur, loves OGC Nice. He wants to grow this club to which he is attached.
“The big difference with other sports is financial fair play. At Nice, we have very few receipts, we arent Marseille or Lyon or Paris [Saint-Germain].
“We have to make the club grow. We cant invest all the money that we would wish.
“I dont know if Jim will buy Manchester United, but if Nice is the second club after Manchester United, I dont have any problem with that.”
It would appear as though Ratcliffe is keen to invest in a club who are towards the upper echelons of the football pyramid and the Reds would not have to worry about playing second fiddle to his other investments.