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The British billionaire previously missed out on buying Chelsea last year, with Todd Boehly winning that battle instead.

Ratcliffe already owns Ligue 1 side Nice, who made the quarter-finals of the UEFA Conference League on Thursday night.

But he’s long dreamed of owning United, who he’s long been a fan of.

Meanwhile, any Qatari takeover of United would be controversial – just like when states have purchased Manchester City and Newcastle in the past.

Speaking last month, however, Gary Neville admitted he would ‘find it difficult’ to oppose any takeover from the Middle-Eastern nation.

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