Prospective owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe says he will not pay a “stupid” price for Manchester United.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is the chief executive of the company, Ineos, met with the Manchester United hierarchy last Friday during a visit to Old Trafford.
Jim Ratcliffe will not pay over the odds for Manchester United
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the 70-year-old said:
“How do you decide the price of a painting? How do you decide the price of a house? It’s not related to how much it cost to build or how much it cost to paint.
“What you don’t want to do is pay stupid prices for things because then you regret it subsequently.”
Ratcliffe, who already owns French club Nice, maintained that his interest in United would be “purely in winning things”, referring to the club as a “community asset”.
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