Rio Ferdinand confirms his former teammate’s interest in buying Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand has spilled the beans about David Beckham links to Manchester United amid claims the former England captain is in contention to buy the club from the Glazer family. After 17 years of ownership, United’s controversial owners, the Glazer family, have confirmed they are willing to sell up. They plan to listen to offers for the club with the price likely to fetch up to £8bn. Considering they bought the club for £790m in 2005, they stand to make quite the profit.
Their departure will be heralded as a bright new era at Old Trafford. And it’s safe to say supporters will be glad to see the back of them after a series of protests over the years. Rumours regarding who might buy the Red Devils have been swirling since the announcement last week, with ex-England captain Beckham among the names earmarked. And Ferdinand appears to have confirmed that Becks will make an offer to buy the club where he spent the best part of a decade of his senior career.
On his FIVE podcast, Ferdinand was asked about a potential takeover from the 47-year-old, to which he said: “Becks will come with a consortium. “I saw Becks last night at the game. I went to the England game and we were sat next to each other. He smelt beautiful, looked beautiful. He looked a million dollars, as he normally does.
“He didn’t look 10 billon dollars’ worth (the amount Utd could cost). But when you mention someone like Becks’ name, he’s obviously a part-owner of Inter Miami, but he doesn’t come (alone). “It’s not his money. It’s not him in terms of putting his hand in his pocket.
“He comes with a consortium. He comes with people who have the deep pockets who have the ability to go and execute on a deal like that. “So that’s the way he’ll be approaching it, and rightly so. I just think it’s going to come down to a number. If you’ve got the number, and you can produce, that’s what it’s going to be about.”
With Beckham already a major name in MLS franchise Inter Miami, he could now set his sights on being involved with a new Man Utd ownership hierarchy. Britain’s richest man and Utd fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe has also been tipped to return with an offer after his interest was rebuked by the Glazers earlier this year.
Tech giants Apple have been linked with an approach as well, with reports indicating they are prepared to offer a sum worth almost £6BILLION to acquire them. However, a deal to buy United could end up reaching an eye-watering £9bn. The announcement of a potential sale saw Utd’s value skyrocket by £336m.