LGBTQ+ activist concerned by potential Qatari takeover of Man Utd
At the start of the month it was claimed Sheikh Jassim had big transfer plans in mind should he end up buying Manchester United this summer. Kylian Mbappe, Eduardo Camavinga and Kingsley Coman are all believed to be players of interest. And that speaks volumes about the Qatari bid and how they’d look to emulate the model at Paris Saint-Germain by bringing Galacticos to Old Trafford.
Manchester United would sign three superstars if Mbappe, Camavinga and Coman all moved to the club.
And it appears Sheikh Jassim is willing to go down the Galactico route if he’s successful in purchasing the Red Devils and removing the Glazers from power.
While the Qatari billionaire’s bid is a separate entity to Qatar Sports Investments, it appears similar practices could be employed this summer.
QSI bought PSG all the way back in 2011 and immediately set about signing superstars.
Javier Pastore was the marquee arrival, with the Argentina international joining from Palermo – while the likes of Thiago Motta, Kevin Gameiro, Jeremy Menez, Blaise Matuidi and Mohamed Sissoko were drafted in as well.
The following year, PSG upped the ante.
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They raided AC Milan for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, with both players two of the best on the planet at the time.
PSG hijacked United’s pursuit of Lucas Moura to acquire the Brazil international from Sao Paulo, while Ezequiel Lavezzi, Marco Verratti and David Beckham all proceeded to move to France.
In 2013, the Ligue 1 giants forked out a huge £55.6million to secure the signature of Edinson Cavani.
Marquinhos was another astute signing, with the Samba star moving from Roma. Fast-forward to now, and he remains at the club.
PSG sent shockwaves around world football when they brokered a huge deal for David Luiz in 2014, with Angel Di Maria the headline arrival 12 months later.
In 2017, however, PSG really went big.
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Fed up with Barcelona courting their best players, they responded by rocking the La Liga giants by paying Neymar’s huge £200million buyout clause.
It was a deal that made the 31-year-old the most-expensive player in football history, gazumping the £89m United had paid for Paul Pogba in 2016.
And they also made a splash by bringing in Mbappe, initially on loan, with the forward then signed permanently a year later.
PSG have continued to operate a Galactico policy in the years since.
In 2021, they brought in A-listers such as Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi.
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And Lionel Messi touched down at the Parc des Princes, too, having been forced to leave Barcelona behind.
But, still, their wait for a first-ever Champions League triumph has gone on and on.
United, if they were to sign Mbappe, Camavinga and Coman, would be employing a similar approach to their transfer dealings.
Yet there’s no guarantee that would see the Red Devils win the biggest titles on offer, even if the trio would all be sensational recruits.
Meanwhile, ESPN journalist Mark Ogden recently claimed Sheikh Jassim could look to buy Tottenham if he misses out on United.
“PSG was a great move [for the club’s Qatari owners] because it’s Paris, it’s a great city, but I think they’ve found over the years that Ligue 1 is just not big enough,” he told The United Stand.
“They want the Premier League footprint.
“Somebody told me recently, they said that if the Qataris don’t buy Manchester United, they’ll be back and they might end up buying Tottenham.
“He said, look, if you’ve got Manchester City owned by Abu Dhabi, you’ve got Newcastle owned by Saudi Arabia, if Qataris maybe buy Tottenham, then you’ve got three clubs who can pull away.
“Every year, it would be United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal fighting for fourth spot, which is quite a terrifying prospect for [them].”
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