Qatar Holdings to push for a £1.5bn Manchester United takeover - report

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The royal family of Qatar are reportedly targeting a £1.5 billion move to takeover Manchester United.

Qatar has landed the rights to host the World Cup in 2022, and it is thought that the rulers intend to turn the Gulf state into a footballing brand by then.

And they have already bought shirt sponsorship rights for Barcelona, in what was believed to be the biggest shirt sponsorship deal to date.

Now The Mirror claims that the Qatari royal family would be able to provide proof of funds, as well as hand manager Sir Alex Ferguson a tidy transfer kitty to splurge on the market.

United's current owners, the Glazer family, have so far stood firm on their decision not to sell the club, but it has been reported that Qatar Holdings have set aside £2.5bn for the takeover and transfers.

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