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Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s timeline for Man United entry revealed as Paul Mitchell spotted watching Mason Greenwood at Getafe



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Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to see his 25 per cent stake in Manchester United agreed upon over the upcoming November international break.

United have one more fixture – against Luton Town in the Premier League – before their players jet off across the world to compete with their nations in various tournament qualifiers and friendlies.

When they return to Old Trafford, there will hopefully be more clarity on the situation at the club.

Various reports have stated that Ratcliffe’s deal is set to be agreed over this period. Then it is likely that they will need to wait for Premier League checks to be complete. The BBC reports that Ineos Group is expected to pay around £1.25 billion to buy the minority stake.

Sir Dave Brailsford, the former performance director at British Cycling, will also be heavily involved at Old Trafford, according to the aforementioned report. However, it is not clear what the structure of the deal will be, nor if there will be specific dates that would allow Ratcliffe to increase his shareholding.

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It is thought around £245 million in additional funds will be made available by the British billionaire for infrastructure works for the stadium.

Previous reports have said that Ratcliffe and his team will have close to full control of the footballing department at United. A sporting board will include Ratcliffe, Brailsford and Joel Glazer.

One change that the new Ineos leader will be looking to implement is reshuffling the sporting department in terms of personnel. In particular, both John Murtough and Richard Arnold are fearing for their futures at Old Trafford.

Paul Mitchell – formally of AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton – is one of the names that Ratcliffe is reportedly chasing. INews recently stated that the 42-year-old is at the ‘top of the list’ to join the club.

This week, the sporting director was spotted in the stands at the La Liga fixture between Getafe and Cadiz. Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood is on loan at Getafe and assisted the only goal of that game.

The striker joined the Spanish club after it was announced he would not play for the Old Trafford club again. Greenwood was arrested in January last year following charges of attempted rape, assault and coercive control, all of which he denied.

Richard Arnold in particular was heavily criticised for his handling of Greenwood’s situation, where he performed a U-turn following backlash from the public and staff within the club. His initial plan was to reintegrate the 21-year-old into Erik ten Hag’s squad.