Sir Ratcliffe reveals player UEFA blocked Man Utd from signing

Manchester United co-owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has claimed UEFA’s rules on multi-club ownership have blocked the Premier League club from signing a player from Ligue 1 side Nice.

Ratcliffe’s company INEOS acquired Nice in 2019, before purchasing a minority stake in the Red Devils earlier this year.

Although transfer of players between two teams that share the same owners is not forbidden, Nice and United’s qualifying for next season’s UEFA Europa League has raised issues around them conducting business with each other in the transfer market.

This has led to UEFA barring United from signing Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo.

“They’ve said we can sell him to another Premiership club, but we can’t sell to Manchester United,” Ratcliffe said in an interview with Bloomberg.

“But that’s not fair on the player and I don’t see what that achieves.”