Finnish businessman makes an offer for Manchester United

Finnish businessman makes an offer for Manchester United

The Old Trafford Stadium, the home ground of Manchester United football team, is pictured in Manchester, northern England in this file photo taken on November 23, 2022. PHOTO AFP HELSINKI - A Finnish businessman said on Thursday he has made an offer to buy Manchester United, according to Finnish national broadcaster Yle.

Manchester United is currently owned by the American Glazer family, who announced in November that they were ready to sell the club.

According to foreign media, the sale price of Manchester United is estimated at more than five billion euro $5.45 million. Finnish businessman Thomas Zilliacus estimated in his announcement that the club's current market value is less than 3.6 billion euros.

Zilliacus, 69, worked as Nokia's Asia director in the 1980s and 1990s and became wealthy through real estate transactions, shares and starting companies.

Zilliacus is a chairman of the Finnish football club HJK and co-owner of Jokerit, a professional ice hockey team based in Helsinki.

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Other candidates to buy United include Jim Ratcliffe, the wealthiest man in Britain, and Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Nasser Al-Khelaif is believed to play a significant role in the offer made to United by Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaif.

Representatives of United's current owners are waiting to see if there will be more purchase offers.

The European governing body UEFA prohibits ownership in several clubs that play in the same competition.

Ratcliffe also owns French club OGC Nice and Swiss club Lausanne, and Qatar's QSI owns PSG. According to media reports, the rule does not apply to minority shareholders, which QSI is aiming for with United.