British driver Lewis Hamilton is reportedly meeting with billionaire Sir Jim Ratfcliffe to try to buy Manchester United. The club is not for sale, but the seven-time Formula 1 world champion understands that with the right proposal alongside England’s richest man, he can convince the Glazer family of the deal.
The rapprochement between the two symbolizes the union of some of the main stakeholders in acquiring Chelsea this year. Both revealed this desire and even made their offers with the right to public statements on the subject, but it was the American Todd Boehly who won the dispute for 5.4 billion dollars (R$ 27.9 billion).
The fortune of the businessman, owner of the chemical company Ineos, is valued at 15 billion pounds (R$ 82.2 billion), according to the newspaper The Sun. Hamilton, with an established career in the sport, is the highest paid driver in Formula 1, with a salary of 32.8 million pounds (R$ 210.6 million) per season.
Hamilton talks about possibility
In an interview with the press, the motorsport legend told details about the case: “I still haven’t received a call from him (Jim) asking if I wanted to participate, but I want to get more and more involved in the teams”. About his relationship with Ratfcliffe, Lewis was full of praise: “We are partners because we are in this together”.
Interest in the purchase of Manchester United comes along with criticism from the stands against the management of the Glazer family. Fans have been meeting weekly to protest asking for the departure of the current management, but the Red Devils’ top leadership remains unyielding about the sale of the club.