By Kieran Maguire

21st Mar, 2023 | 9:53am

Kieran Maguire drops 'huge' Man United takeover claim as 'tiny details' finalised

Man United bidders receiving “tiny details” on the club’s finances and data won’t cause them to change their valuation of the club significantly.

That is the view of finance expert Kieran Maguire, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider about United bidders wanting even more access to the club’s data.

Football Insider sources revealed last Monday (13 March) that Man United bidders have been given access to the club’s confidential financial data as part of the next stage of the takeover process, 

Parties from the Qatar bidders and Sir Jim Ratcliffe have both been spotted at Old Trafford holding talks this week over their takeover bids.

All bids submitted so far have fallen short of the Glazer’s asking price, with Ratcliffe recently branding their £6bn price tag as “silly”.

Maguire believes access to more “tiny details” of financial information won’t cause bidders to suddenly improve their bids as they already have seen most of the club’s data room.

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“I would be surprised if access to further information would result in a significant change in the perceived value of Man United by bidders,” Maguire told Football Insider’s Sean Fisher.

“They have already had access to significant amounts of data and the club is also listed in the New York Stock Exchange which means the club has to have a large amount of public information up to date.

“Therefore I imagine the bidders have already seen more than enough to make a fair judgement on what the club is worth.

“A few tiny details might nudge the price up slightly but I’m not anticipating a huge change in approach if they gain access to more data.”

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