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17th Oct 2023

Sheikh Jassim tipped to make shock bid for rival PL club as revenge for failed Man United takeover

Callum Boyle

Sheikh Jassim

Sheikh Jassim pulled out of the race to buy Man United last weekend

Sheikh Jassim has been tipped to make a shock bid to buy Liverpool after he withdrew from the race to buy Manchester United.

On Saturday, the Qatari businessman pulled out of the running after the Glazer family rejected his offer of more than £6bn in total to purchase a 100 per cent stake in the club.

As a result, Sheikh Jassim pulled out of the deal, leaving Sir Jim Ratcliffe as the only contender left as he looks to complete a deal which will give him a 25 per cent stake in the club in what is reportedly being viewed as a staged takeover that will eventually see him become majority owner of United.

Had Sheikh Jassim’s bid been successful there were promises to invest heavily in the playing squad as well as developing the facilities, which included an Old Trafford rebuild, as well as clearing the club’s debt.

While speaking on the Daily Mail’s ‘It’s All Kicking Off’ podcast‘, journalist Mike Keegan has tipped Jassim to make a bid for Liverpool as an act of “revenge” for his failed attempt to buy Man United.

“The Qataris set aside about $8 billion (£6.57 billion) for the United project,” he said.

“That money is there and ready to go, burning a hole in their pockets, so what a story that would be [to buy Liverpool].

“From what I am led to believe, they [Qataris] are very, very disappointed and angered at how this has played out.

“What better way to respond than to get United’s biggest rivals from down the road and throw all that money you were going to throw into Manchester United into making them pay for that decision not to sell to you.”

In November last year, Liverpool’s owners said that they were open to accepting offers of outside investment “if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a football club”.

Last month it was confirmed that FSG had sold a minority stake – believed to be between 1.9 and 3.8 per cent – in Liverpool to US-based firm Dynasty Equity.

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