Which Club Should Sheikh Jassim Buy Next After Failed Qatari Takeover Of Manchester United?

Published on 21 October 2023 at 20:00

It’s been a frankly torrid season for Manchester United both on and off the football pitch. With results not going their way, controversial player scandals and legal issues, and Old Trafford in desperate need of refurbishment, the tipping point for many of the Reds' fans was last week's announcement that there would be no Qatari-based takeover of the club.


With reports that Sheikh Jassim and the Glazers being unable to come to an agreement on the fee and ownership percentages, this clears the way for a host of potential clubs to secure the transformative financial backing of a Middle Eastern investor. Here are five clubs who we feel are currently in the running for a takeover by Sheikh Jassim, the QSI and potentially other interested Qatari financial powers.


1) West Ham United 

Whils comfortably enjoying a good start to their Premier League season, and on an unprecedented winning streak in European competitions by an English team, it does often feel like there's a glass ceiling for the likes of West Ham when it comes to breaking into the Premier League top four. 


But with their prime London location and the allure of European football, there's no reason why West Ham can't become one of the Premier League's true elite sides. With the investment of Sheikh Jassim, this pull could only be strengthened, and a squad already featuring established international talent like Lucas Paqueta and Mohammed Kudus could soon boast even more phenomenal talent. Similar to Newcastle United last season, it wouldn't be 'if' the Hammers could break into the Champions League spots, but more a case of 'when'.


2) Santos

It's a very exciting time in Brazilian football, and South American club football in general. More and more stars are breaking out and attracting the interest of Europe's giants in the hopes of becoming the next Neymar, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo that have broke through in the last decade. 


It would come as no surprise if Qatar wanted a piece of this promising new generation of talent, and few would be shocked if Sheikh Jassim invested in a South American giant like Santos for their wealth of talent, the opportunity to repatriate Brazilian fringe players for the Qatari national team, and to be used a future talent factory for an already Qatari-owned outfit like PSG.


3) Valencia 

Under Singaporean broker Peter Lim's controversial ownership, the former La Liga winners Valencia have unforunately plummeted down the table in the top flight, often finding themselves closer to midtable obscurity and the relegation battle than they do the coveted European spots. 


Qatar and Saudi Arabia already have a strong influence in Spanish football, with the Spanish FA relocating Copa Del Rey and Supercup matches to the Middle East in recent years, investment in a sleeping giant like Valencia could potentially help restore the reputation and appeal of the league that has been gradually waning since the Messi and Ronaldo's departures from Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.




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4) Tottenham Hotspur

For years, Tottenham have perceived as a stringent side when it comes to spending big, particularly compared to those around them in the 'Big Six'. With a return to European football looking increasingly likely next season, and already owning one of the most acclaimed stadiums in the country, the glitz and glamour of the current Spurs side could be the perfect foundation for Jassim and the QSI to grow Spurs into a global footballing power. 


The difficulties that could potentially arise include UEFA's limits on multi-club ownership, which may prohibit Spurs and a side like PSG being able to play in the same UEFA competition, as well as the unwillingness for Daniel Levy to sell the club he has overseen and invested in for many years now.


5) Inter Milan

Severely limited by the financial restrictions on their owners, the Suning Holdings Group, by the Chinese government, Inter Milan have been a side clamouring to compete with Juventus and city rivals AC Milan for their recent years of lavish big money spending and wage bills.


A Qatari takeover could be the key to unlocking that, and helping consolidate their status as a European giant following their miraculous run to the UCL final in Istanbul. Already featuring players with a desire to stay and fight for the club like Lautaro Martinez, as well as world-class Italian duo Bastoni and Barella, the sky is very well the limit for the Nerazzurri, and could be the Qatari-backed catalyst in helping restore Italy's reputation on the continental competition stage.


By Jaspar Shepherdson

(@jasparshepmedia on IG and X/Twitter)

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