David Beckham is open to holding talks with prospect buyers of Manchester United after the club was put up for sale.
The Glazer family have announced that the club are seeking investment, either in the sale of shares or an outright takeover that would end their controversial reign at Old Trafford.
There is unlikely to be a shortage of suitors for United and potential bidders could enlist the help of Beckham for their proposals, with the Financial Times reporting that the former Red Devils’ star is open to discussions with interested parties.
Beckham’s involvement could be a major boost for a potential consortium, given both his wealth and status as a much revered figure at Manchester United following a decorated career with the club.
Oldham born Sir Jim Ratcliffe – one of Britain’s richest men and a boyhood United supporter – is expected to make an approach, following his unsuccessful bid to takeover Chelsea during the summer.
According to the report, experts close to the process believe the figure for United could reach up to £7 billion should a bidding war evolve. However, others have stated a fee between £4bn and £5bn could even be too much for a club that was unprofitable last year.
Beckham has previously been approached as a co-investor, but the Glazer’s reluctance to sell has meant that formal bids for the club have never materialised.
That could be about to change following the American’s declaration that investment is being sought.