Published: 14:52, March 21, 2023 | Updated: 17:01, March 21, 2023
UK billionaire Ratcliffe says won't pay 'stupid' price for Man United
By Reuters

In this file photo dated July 18, 2022, British INEOS Group chairman Jim Ratcliffe poses for a photo upon his arrival for the 73rd edition of the Red Cross Gala at the Casino in Monte Carlo. (PHOTO / AFP)

British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has said he does not want to pay a "stupid" price for Manchester United ahead of Wednesday's deadline for second offers for the Premier League club.

Ratcliffe, a life-long United fan and founder of chemicals producer INEOS, put in a bid for the club in February.

United's current owners, the Glazer family, began looking at options for the record 20-time English champions, including new investment or a potential sale, in November, 17 years after they bought the club for 790 million pounds ($968.30 million) as part of a highly leveraged deal.

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Any sale of United would likely exceed the biggest sports deal so far - the $5.2 billion including debt and investments paid for Chelsea, sources have told Reuters previously.

In this file photo taken on Nov 23, 2022, Old Trafford stadium, home ground of Manchester United football team, is pictured in Manchester, northern England. (PHOTO / AFP)

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ratcliffe described the club as a "community asset" rather than a financial one.

"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," Ratcliffe said.

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"What you don't want to do is pay stupid prices for things because then you regret it subsequently."

According to a Sky Sports report, United are set to receive more than five bids before Wednesday's deadline for second offers.