Ineos Chief’s Vision Emerges as Billionaire Investor Eyes Reinforcements for Red Devils
As Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Ineos Chief and potential new owner of Manchester United, made his presence felt at Old Trafford during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Spurs, the club’s transfer priorities under his potential stewardship have come to light. Despite the deal not yet being formalized, Ratcliffe’s intended investment of a 25% stake in the club is already influencing the Red Devils’ future plans.
The British billionaire, who watched the game alongside legendary figure Sir Alex Ferguson, aims to take control of football operations, leaving the Glazer family in charge of the commercial side of the club. With an expected £1 billion boost to United’s transfer budget, early indications suggest a strategic approach to reinforce the 13-time Premier League winners.
According to a report from the Evening Standard, Manchester United is eyeing four key areas for strengthening, with a world-class striker topping the priority list. The club seeks a player of the caliber of Harry Kane, who was previously linked with United before securing a move to Bayern Munich in a £82 million summer transfer. While Rasmus Hojlund was acquired for £72 million, the pursuit for a top-tier striker continues.
In addition to a striker, Manchester United aims to bolster their squad with a central midfield player/No. 8, a centre-back, and a right-back. Though a January overhaul may be premature, Ten Hag is expected to have additional funds at his disposal in the upcoming summer window.
Potential targets for the centre-back position include Everton’s Jarrod Branthwaite and Nice’s Jean-Claire Todibo, who is owned by Ratcliffe. Adding an intriguing twist to the transfer plans is the mention of Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise. Despite not fitting into the specified positions, discussions have reportedly intensified, with the possibility of Aaron Wan-Bissaka returning to Palace as part of a deal. United’s recruitment team, however, is divided on the merits of pursuing Olise, who rejected a move to Chelsea in the summer and committed to a new four-year deal at Selhurst Park.
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