Manchester United is attracting takeover interest from Qatar, just as the Glazers are considering selling the club.
According to reports, Qatar has emerged as a serious suitor to buy Manchester United and finally remove the Glazers from power. The Middle Eastern state is eyeing a quick takeover of the Red Devils and is willing to give Erik ten Hag massive transfer funds in order to restore Old Trafford’s glory days. Express Sport looks at five superstars they should target, with the club still in need of significant funding despite their progress this season.
Wout Weghorst joined Harry Kane United on loan from Burnley in the January transfer window, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
Regardless of how Weghorst performs between now and the end of the season, the Red Devils know they need a superstar to lead their line next season.
And Harry Kane would undoubtedly be a statement signing.
The Tottenham striker is a Premier League legend, having scored 200 goals in the competition, second only to Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney.
Kane is willing to leave Tottenham due to the club’s inability to win trophies, and United, in the event of a takeover, would have no problem forking over the cash to secure his services.
Mr. Victor Osimhen
The issue with signing Kane would be Tottenham’s refusal to do business with a Premier League rival.
After all, Spurs haven’t sold a single player to United since Dimitar Berbatov crossed the border in the summer of 2008.
As a result, United are likely to target Napoli striker Victor Osimhen as an alternative, knowing that a deal for Kane will be difficult.
This season, the Nigeria international has been in excellent form for Napoli, scoring 16 goals and providing three assists in 17 Serie A matches.
And, while Napoli would demand a large fee to release their talisman, United would be able to reach an agreement.
There has long been speculation that when Kylian Mbappe leaves Paris Saint-Germain, he will join Real Madrid.
However, as previously reported, United have been tracking the France international in the shadows for some time.
PSG would not want to sell Mbappe to Real Madrid directly, as relations between the two clubs have been strained for some time.
And this is where United could come in, given their need for a world-class No. 9.
Mbappe has previously admitted to considering a move to Liverpool, but United, at least these days, are in a far better position than their rivals in terms of winning the biggest prizes on offer.
Frenkie de Jong
Back in the summer, upon taking charge at United, Ten Hag eyed a deal for Frenkie de Jong.
The 53-year-old had previously managed the midfielder at Ajax, with the pair helping the Eredivisie giants reach the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019.
Ultimately, United moved to recruit Casemiro instead – with De Jong reluctant to leave Barcelona at a time where he was owed money in deferred wages.
But the Red Devils are primed to revive their pursuit and, given their strong season so far, are optimistic De Jong can be signed.
There’s still nothing to suggest the 25-year-old’s stance on a move to Old Trafford has changed – yet United receiving a substantial cash injection would undeniably help their cause.
There’s long been a consensus that, when Jude Bellingham leaves Borussia Dortmund, he won’t be on his way to United.
A Qatari takeover, however, coupled with the club being on an upwards trajectory could see that change.
After all, United has done their research on the player. They followed Bellingham closely when he was younger, even taking him around their Carrington training complex and introducing him to club legends like Sir Alex Ferguson and Bryan Robson.
Manchester City, Liverpool, and Real Madrid are all interested in the Borussia Dortmund star.
However, United appear to be dark horses, and any Bellingham arrival would undoubtedly benefit them.