Ferdinand hints at Beckham Man Utd takeover with ‘consortium’ plan in place

Date published: Sunday 27th November 2022 3:42 - Ben Stewart

David Beckham attends the Qatar v Senegal match of the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022

Rio Ferdinand has hinted at David Beckham’s plans to take over at Manchester United as part of a consortium bid.

Recent reports revealed that the Glazers are officially open to selling Man Utd after years of protests by fans.

The American owners first invested in United in 2003 and they then became the club’s majority stakeholders in 2005.

It has also been reported that Beckham is willing to team up with potential bidders and purchase Man Utd.

Ferdinand gave some behind-the-scenes insight and revealed what he and Beckham recently spoke about.

“Becks will come with a consortium,” said Ferdinand on Vibe with Five.

“I saw Becks last night at the [England vs USA] game, I went to the England game and we were sat next to each other. He smelt beautiful, looked beautiful. He looked a million dollars, as he normally does. He didn’t look 10 billon dollars’ worth.

“But when you mention someone like Becks’ name, he’s obviously a part-owner of Inter Miami, but he doesn’t come [alone]. It’s not his money.

“It’s not him in terms of putting his hand in his pocket. He comes with a consortium. He comes with people who do have deep pockets who have the ability to go and execute on a deal like that.

“So that’s the way he’ll be approaching it, and rightly so. I just think it’s going to come down to a number. If you’ve got the number, and you can produce, that’s what it’s going to be about.”

Beckham made over 350 appearances for Man Utd as a player and a return to the club could be on the cards.

It is claimed that the club could be sold for as much as £7bn and potentially even more if a bidding war ensues.

Ferdinand adds: “I think when you look at it, the clubs that are successful over big periods of time have players that have worn the shirt, understand the traditions, understand the history, understand the ethos of the football club and continue that.

“Ajax with Edwin van der Sar, Bayern Munich have [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge in there among others, Real Madrid, Barca – they all do it.

“They’ve all got players who have been in and around the football club at some point in their life and they’re back in there working at the club because they understand it. And it’s a key part.

“And then they have business people around them, to facilitate and run things and control the business element of the football club. And then those people learn on the job, but with a football background. And I think that’s an area that the new owners that potentially come in have to really look at.”

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