Man Utd takeover steps up this week with Qatari and Sir Jim Ratcliffe talks along with visits to Old Trafford planned

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Man Utd takeover steps up this week with Qatari and Sir Jim Ratcliffe talks along with visits to Old Trafford planned

QATARI Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani has enlisted US financial giant Bank of America to help decide his final valuation for buying Manchester United.

The battle for control of the Red Devils is taking a significant step forward with both main bidders at Old Trafford this week.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will have agents at Old Trafford this week

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe will have agents at Old Trafford this week
Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani is sending representatives to Manchester

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Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani is sending representatives to Manchester

But Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim’s decision to include Bank of America representatives in his party when it meets the Glazer family’s chosen selling agent, the Raine Group, appears a significant step.

That meeting is expected to take place over the next 48 hours, before Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos deploys agents to Old Trafford for their first proper scrutiny of the club’s financial books on Friday.

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The meetings were set in motion when the two bidders were approved by Raine ten days ago as having passed the initial threshold.

Both Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim, Britain’s richest man, are believed to have put in initial bids at no more than £4.5billion for the club.

Those bids are way short of the £6bn valuation held by the Glazers, and who may yet decide not to sell at all.