The Qataris ‘turn their attention to a new club that also involves Neymar’s father’ as Sir Jim Ratcliffe takes the lead in the Man Utd race
Qatari investors have reportedly turned their attention to a Brazilian club – with the help of Neymar’s father.
Qatar Sports Investors (QSI), chaired by PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is believed to be preparing for a bid for Brazilian club Santos.
It comes as a group of Qatari investors are locked in a bidding war to gain control of Manchester United.
British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also embroiled in the ownership dispute after the Glazers put the Red Devils up for sale last year.
Brazilian outlet globe claim that the QSI group is trying to prepare a purchase of Santos.
Neymar’s father, who started his career at the South American club, is said to be involved in the bid and act as an intermediary.
The talks are reportedly so advanced that the group have even asked for insight into the Santos club’s finances.
The report claims that QSI takes inspiration from Manchester City’s multi-club model.
City’s club ownership also includes several other clubs around the world, including New York City, Palermo in Italy, La Liga side Girona and Lommel SK in Belgium.
Meanwhile, the long-running battle to become the next owner of Man United continues at pace.
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The third and final deadline set by the Glazer family came earlier this month.
Ratcliffe is now seen as the favorite in the running for the summer transfer window.
United fans are hoping the sale will close soon so they can see the back of the unpopular Glazer family.
A clarified acquis would also likely help the club get off to a flying start in the summer transfer window.