MANCHESTER UNITED could reportedly become part of the largest multi-club network in the world if taken over by Qatari investors.
The Red Devils’ owners, the Glazers, are considering several offers as they weigh the possibility of selling the Premier League giants.
One of the most prominent offers came from a group centered around Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani – chairman of the Qatari Islamic Bank and son of the Gulf state’s former prime minister.
Qatar Sports Investments already owns Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
They also have a de facto majority stake in Portuguese club Sporting Braga.
And according to the Daily Record, QSI chairman and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is considering taking control of Malaga – who risk being relegated to the third tier of Spanish football.
The club has been owned by a junior member of Qatar’s ruling family, Abdullah Al-Thani, since 2010, but has been administered by the judiciary.
However, QSI is looking into adding the team to its sports investment infrastructure to bring them back to LaLiga.
This is part of a plan to create the sport’s largest multi-club network, with Braga acting as a development team for Man Utd and PSG.
It would compete with City Football Group, which includes Manchester City alongside New York City, Melbourne City and Mumbai City FC.
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Braga are third in the Primeira Liga which means they will qualify for the Champions League next season – where they could draw against United or PSG in the group stage.
Current Uefa rules dictate that two clubs owned by the same people cannot compete in European competition.
However, Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin has recently hinted at an impending change to these regulations.
He told The Overlap: “This question of owning multiple clubs is an interesting question, I think we should think about it for the future and see what we can do about it.
“There is increasing interest in this multi-club property and we shouldn’t just say no to the investments.
“But we have to see what kind of rules we make in this case because the rules have to be strict. We need to rethink the current rules.
“I think it has to be fast because… everything has to be fast in football.”
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