With reports of a Qatari bid set to be made for Manchester United imminently, it is important to clarify that this will come from different investors to those hoping to takeover at Liverpool.
That’s according to sports finance journalist Alex Miller on Twitter, who shared the Daily Mail’s latest report concerning an incoming approach for the Red Devils.
As per the report, “a group of private, high-wealth individuals” based in Qatar will make an offer in the coming days to buy United, ahead of the mid-February deadline set by the Glazers.
Following this news, many people believed this would put an end to the reported Qatari interest in Liverpool. However, Miller doesn’t think this is the case.
“Qatar bid incoming for Man United, according to the Daily Mail today…” Miller wrote on Twitter.
“Important to note that they are different investors to QIA, who are in talks with Liverpool.”
Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) are a sovereign wealth fund located in Doha, which was founded by the state of Qatar in 2005. By having a separate wealth fund, the country can indirectly involve itself in other forms of business, such as sports investment.
Man United’s bidders and Liverpool’s interested party are two separate groups
When the Reds were originally put on the market last year, it seemed like Fenway Sports Group were going to be inundated with offers, being the biggest club on the market.
However, arch-rivals Man United quickly followed with the Glazers also putting their team up for sale.
Ever since, there has been a battle between the two clubs when it has come to prospective bidders, who have a choice between the largest brands in English football.
Therefore, when rumours emerged concerning a Qatari bid for the Red Devils, it almost put a stop to reports about Liverpool.
Miller doesn’t think this needs to be the case, but unfortunately for Merseyside supporters, it appears the party interested in Jurgen Klopp’s side is actually the state of Qatar itself.
United’s, on the other hand, seems to just be a private investment group.
This won’t go down well with Liverpool fans, as they were quick to condemn the sports washing that went on with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Newcastle United.