Lewis Hamilton refuses to share ‘further information’ on Manchester United takeover

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has confirmed that he has made a formal approach to purchase Manchester United FC.

Manchester United have a big decision to make in the coming months, as the Glazer family have to choose who to sell the club to following two separate bids.

Qatar have expressed their interest in taking over the club, a bid which would be able to blow any competition out of the water, such are the riches of Qatar’s Sheikh Bin Hamad Al Thani.

The other option is to sell the club to Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a man from Manchester who cares deeply about the club and has recently confirmed that he has submitted a proposal for the purchase of Manchester United.

Ratcliffe’s bid is reportedly supported by two American banks in the form of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan and there could be a surprise involvement from Arsenal fan Lewis Hamilton.

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The 38-year-old was part of Ratcliffe’s failed bid to purchase Chelsea FC last summer and has been heavily rumoured to be involved in the Manchester United bid.

Hamilton has previously admitted that he has not received a call from Ratcliffe about being involved in his latest football venture, however he has remained tight lipped on the situation in a recent interview.

“I am very close with Jim so I am aware of where he is at [with the current bid],” he said.

“We talk a lot about football as he is very passionate about it.

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“We have great discussions about what his team his doing, we talk about how Arsenal is playing. Obviously he is from Manchester so that is his dream home…. Where he comes from. But there is not further information I can give you on that.”

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Ratcliffe owns one-third of the Mercedes F1 team and it was rumoured recently that the Brit would be willing to pay a part of Hamilton’s wage to keep him at the team via a contract extension.

This is something that Mercedes have quickly denied, as Hamilton’s contract talks with the Silver Arrows continue to rumble on into the new season.

The seven-time world champions will be hoping to return to winning ways this year, having gone the entirety of 2022 without picking up a single race win.