Sir Jim Ratcliffe pictured at Man Utd after arriving at Old Trafford for takeover talks

Ineos chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains one of the candidates to take over as Manchester United’s next owner as the Glazer family prepares for a potential sale

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has been spotted arriving at Manchester United as the potential buyer takes the next step in takeover talks.

The billionaire INEOS chief is one of the potential buyers. The current owners, the Glazer family, confirmed in November that they are willing to listen to offers. Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani has also expressed interest, while other groups are eager to fund takeover bids for the Premier League club.

Ratcliffe’s arrival comes amid news that potential bidders have been given a new 10-day deadline to submit improved bids for the club. Ratcliffe is keen to buy the Glazers’ shares, representing 69 per cent of the club, while Sheikh Jassim has spoken of his desire to complete a 100 per cent takeover.

The Qatari bidder was due to attend a presentation on the takeover process at Old Trafford on Thursday. On Ratcliffe’s arrival, meanwhile, he was greeted by United chief Richard Arnold.

Earlier this week, Ratcliffe brought Dave Brailsford on board to help him with his takeover approach. Brailsford is currently director of sport at INEOS and previously worked with the British cycling team on their successful campaigns for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

“Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS have made a bid for a majority stake in Manchester United Football Club,” a statement in February said, confirming the billionaire’s plans. “We would see our role as the long-term stewards of Manchester United on behalf of the fans and the wider community.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe next to Richard Arnold, outside Old Trafford on Friday morning(Eamonn and James Clarke)

“We are ambitious and very competitive and would like to invest in Manchester United to make them the number one club in the world again. We also recognize that football governance in this country is at a crossroads. We want to help lead this next year.” chapter, which deepens the culture of English football by making the club a beacon for a modern, progressive, fan-focused approach to ownership.

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