David Beckham could be involved in any takeover bid for Manchester United.
According to the Financial Times, the United legend is open to discussions with interested parties bidding for the club.
The report says: “The former England captain’s history with United and affinity with his fans could prove vital to any bidder if the Glazers go through with a deal, the people said.”
“The current owners said they would “consider all strategic alternatives, so a full sale is not guaranteed.”
“A banker close to the process said United could be sold for around £7bn.
“A bidding war could send it higher, they added.”
“However, some football finance experts have said that even a price tag of £4-5bn was too high for a club that was unprofitable last year. ”
“Based on these valuations, potential owners should have deep pockets, and investors perhaps based in the US or the Middle East are interested in the soccer club, analysts said.”
“While Beckham alone might not have the wealth to buy Man United, his global reach and affinity with the fans could be a huge boost to any buying party.”
Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to make an official offer after the Glazers have formally put United up for sale.
The Dubai investment fund is also said to be very interested.