Investment firm Sixth Street deny claims they want stake in Man United

US investment firm Sixth Street – who have strong links with Real Madrid and Barcelona – DENY claims they want a stake in Manchester United… after Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe announced his intention to make a bid for the club

  • Manchester United were put up for sale by the Glazers in November
  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe has announced his intention to try to buy the club
  • US investment firm Sixth Street reportedly want a minority stake in the club 
  • Sixth Street have denied this claim, stating they have not spoken to United  
  • The firm have strong links with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona 

US investment firm Sixth Street have denied claims that they are actively looking to secure a minority stake in Manchester United.

United were put up for sale by the Glazers in November, and formal bids are expected to start next month.

Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe announced on Tuesday that his firm Ineos have entered the race to buy the club, and The Telegraph has reported that Sixth Street are also keen to get involved.

US investment firm Sixth Street reportedly want to have a minority stake in Manchester United

Sixth Street have denied this claim, stating that they have not held any discussions with United

This follows Sir Jim Ratcliffe announcing his intention to try and buy United from the Glazers

Sixth Street have swiftly responded, denying the claim

In a statement released on Twitter on Wednesday night, Sixth Street wrote: ‘As part of our sports investing franchise, Sixth Street maintains active dialogues with top organizations across multiple sports and around the world. 

‘But at this time Sixth Street is not looking to buy Manchester United and is not in any active discussions to do so.’

Sixth Street have played a pivotal role in the refinancing of Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent years.

Both clubs were part of the European Super League (ESL) in 2021, but the breakaway division was scrapped after a matter of days following fan protests.

The two Spanish giants have continued to push for the ESL since, and have been exploring their legal options due to not being happy with the reforms to the Champions League that are due to come into effect in 2024.

Meanwhile, Sixth Street have been working away in the background and struck a 20-year deal worth €360m with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez last year that will allow the club to operate businesses out of the redeveloped Bernabeu. The rebuilding job at the iconic stadium is due to be finished ahead of the 2023-24 season.

They also did business with Barcelona last summer as the Catalan club looked to sort out their financial issues.

In order to sign and register new players, Barcelona had to pull several financial levers, as they raised €700m by selling future revenue streams.

Sixth Street struck a lucrative deal with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez last year

One of the deals that Barcelona agreed means Sixth Street now own 25 per cent of the club’s income from LaLiga TV rights over the next 25 years.

By pulling these levers, this allowed Barcelona to bring in a number of high-profile players in the summer, including Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha.

They were also able to keep Frenkie de Jong rather than selling him to Manchester United or Chelsea, who both showed significant interest in the Dutch midfielder.




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