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Arnold: New Man Utd investment will go to Old Trafford and team building


Manchester United chief exec Richard Arnold says funds raised from the sale of the club will go into stadium and team development.

The Glazer family have put the club on the market and their controversial 18-year reign as owners could come to an end. While they are open to new investment, there is a feeling the process is likely to lead to a full takeover at some point

They have appointed The Raine Group to oversee the process and a sale could be in place before the end of this season. The American investment bank led the sale of Chelsea to the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium.

Arnold gave an update on the search for new investment or buyers at a fans' forum in December and said all options remained on the table.

“We can't say a great deal beyond what we announced in our statement – that the club is conducting a strategic review to explore options for attracting new investment into the club, to enhance the club's future growth opportunities," he said.

“As part of this process, the board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the company. This will include an assessment of several initiatives to strengthen the club, including stadium and infrastructure redevelopment, and expansion of the club's commercial operations on a global scale, each in the context of enhancing the long-term success of the club's men's, women's and academy teams, and bringing benefits to fans and other stakeholders.

“When and in what form that investment comes remains uncertain, but I feel confident in saying it will be a positive process for the club because we all understand the capital needs that we have, in terms of redeveloping the stadium and training ground while continuing to build a winning team."

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