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The billionaire Qatari sheikh trying to buy Manchester United hopes to persuade the Glazer family to sell — by dangling an NFL-sized carrot in front of them.
SunSport understands Sheikh Jassim, who tabled a £5billion offer for the Red Devils, also discussed a joint venture with the Glazers which could see NFL games in the Middle East.
Sheikh Jassim thinks buying United from the Glazers, who also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, could kick-start a relationship which would see NFL teams take American football to the Middle East.
Gareth Southgate has defended Marcus Rashford jetting off to New York after pulling out of the England squad
Three Lions boss Southgate was surprised to see Rashford posting pictures on a mini-break following his withdrawal from the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine with a toe problem.
But diplomatic Southgate said: “Once he’s ruled out of the squad, it’s entirely up to him how he spends his time.
“The players don’t get a lot of breaks. They will be flying off wherever after Sunday’s game.
“If they get 48 hours, with the schedule as it is, they have to take advantage of it.”
Man Utd have sent scouts to watch Evan Ferguson, according to reports.
Football Insider claim the Red Devils are keeping tabs on the Brighton teenager, who has exploded onto the scene this season.
Man Utd met with Romeo Lavia’s dad earlier this month to discuss a potential move, according to Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri.
The Southampton star is said to be a target for the Red Devils in the summer.
Teenager Lavia, 19, only joined the Saints from Man City last summer – but has been one of the club’s bright sparks this season.
City have an option to buy the midfielder for £40million in 2024, but that clause hasn’t kicked in yet.
Man Utd have joined the race for Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic, according to 90min.
The midfielder is out of contract in 12 months, and talks over a fresh deal are yet to progress.