Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur may be considered for an offer from Qatar Sports Investment.
According to a reliable Bloomberg publication, the hosts of the 2022 World Cup have already held talks with Premier League clubs.
QSI CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi is believed to have met with Daniel Levy about the possibility of buying a stake in Spurs, while representatives of both Northwestern competitors declined to comment on the rumors.
It is believed that the Qataris are interested in acquiring a Premier League club, both as a result of the league’s ever-growing popularity and as a hedge against their assets in less attractive leagues.
QSI owns a stake in the Portuguese team SC Braga and, of course, owns Paris Saint-Germain.
This will not be the first time they have paid attention to English football, having previously considered buying a stake in Leeds United back in 2019.
At that time, Leeds participated in the championship and, perhaps, was not too attractive an offer for an ambitious investment group.
Now, inspired by hosting the most expensive sporting event of all time, the Qataris are said to want a high-profile part of the Premier League.
But although Bloomberg reports that the issue of a full buyout is under consideration, there are important nuances that may complicate it.
UEFA rules do not allow teams with the same ownership rights to participate in their European competitions.
However, nothing prevents one group from having minority stakes in several Champions League clubs.
Therefore, if QSI does not want to abandon PSG and do it quickly, buying a minority stake in Manchester United will probably be the most likely outcome.
It is said that the Glazer family hopes to resolve their situation by the end of the first quarter of 2023.
Thus, although QSI may become part of the full sale picture, a direct takeover by a sports fund is unlikely.