The Qatari group led by Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani have reportedly submitted a final bid to the Glazers for the takeover of Manchester United
The offer, as revealed by the Daily Mail, is Sheikh Jassim’s fifth since the takeover process began back in February, and has been made as part of a ‘take it or leave it’ warning to United’s American owners. A deadline of Friday has reportedly been set by the Qatari group, up to which point the bid will stand – with no further negotiations to take place in between.
Indeed, Sheikh Jassim has reportedly submitted the bid directly to the Glazers and the Raine Group, the American bankers overseeing the saga. The move is an attempt to gazump the rival offer from British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who has previously been reported as leading the way. His bid would allegedly allow for the continued involvement of the Glazers for an extended period, much to the hatred of the United fan base.
The take-it-or-leave-it offer put forward by the Qataris is also an attempt to put an end to the protracted nature of this takeover saga. United’s American owners have come under increasing scrutiny for their delaying of the process, with original deadlines set for the end of April. The uncertainty created has impacted the transfer strategy led by manager Erik ten Hag, as well as the club’s ability to tie down key players to new contracts.
It remains to be seen, then, whether the Glazers’ resolve is tested to the point where they accept the Qataris’ eleventh-hour offer. Should they reject the bid, which is said to be lower than their £6 billion asking price, or not respond in time, it could be a sign that they actually are leaning in the favour of Ratcliffe – and a potential prolonged stay behind the scenes.
Martinez makes history after coming off bench to score four goals in Serie A
Lautaro Martinez scored four goals for Inter Milan against Salernitana- as a second half substitute.
The Argentine came onto the field in the 55th minute of the game with the scores level at 0-0. The World Cup winner scored four in the next 30 minutes, as Inter eventually ran out 4-0 winners.
Martinez subsequently became the first-ever player in the Serie A to score four goals in a game as a substitute.
Inter have bounced back from their 2-1 defeat against Sassuolo on Thursday, October 27 which saw them drop points for the first time this season. Thanks to Lautaro, Inter will maintain their spot as Serie A leaders.
Inter will now play host to Benfica in the second matchday of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, October 3.
Joachim Anderson low strike increases pressure on Erik Ten Haag as Crystal Palace defeat Man Utd
Manchester United have lost four of their opening seven games of a Premier League season for the first time after Crystal Palace won 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Erik Ten Haag’s side had looked to have turned a corner with wins against Burnley and Palace in the Carabao Cup, but Joachim Andersen’s first-half strike turned the skies gloomy again for the United boss.
The response from United in attack was limited with Sam Johnstone largely untested in front of a disgruntled home crowd.
It means Palace are now above Manchester United in the Premier League, who have taken just nine points from their first seven games. Also, Palace boss Roy Hodgson has now become the first manager to go unbeaten in five consecutive away Premier League games at Old Trafford.
Up next for Manchester United is a Champions League group stage clash against Galatasaray on Tuesday and their next Premier League clash is against Brentford on Saturday October 7 at 3pm.
Bournemouth 0-4 Arsenal: Harvetz scores first gunners goal in easy win over cherries
Kai Havertz scored his first Arsenal goal in a comfortable 4-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
In his 10th appearance for the Gunners since moving from Chelsea for £65m in the summer, Havertz calmly slotted home from the penalty spot to give his side a 3-0 lead minutes into the second half after Martin Odegaard had been recklessly brought down by Ryan Christie (53).
Earlier, Bukayo Saka had put Arsenal in front with a header from close range (17) before Odegaard scored a spot-kick of his own just before the break (44), while Ben White’s header in stoppage time (90+3) sealed a routine victory on the south coast.
The result sees Arsenal remain unbeaten in the Premier League so far this season with 17 points from seven games. Bournemouth remain winless and drop into the relegation zone.
Bournemouth’s next assignment is a Premier League clash with Everton at Goodison Park on October 7. The Cherries then host Wolves in the league two weeks later on October 21
Up next for Arsenal is a trip to Lens in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Gunners then return to Premier League action next Sunday when they host champions Manchester City
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