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Man Utd: Sir Jim Ratcliffe can enact ultimate revenge on Chelsea with transfer decision | Football | Sport

Sir Jim Ratcliffe can enact the perfect revenge on Chelsea within a few months of completing his investment in Manchester United after failing to buy the Blues in 2022. The INEOS founder is set to make a splash in his first summer transfer window as a United part-owner, potentially at Chelsea’s expense.

It has worked out well for Ratcliffe, all in all, as he awaits the Premier League to ratify his £1.3billion deal for a 25 per cent stake and total control over football operations at Old Trafford.

When he emerged as a late runner in the race to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich, he likely wasn’t aware the Glazers would launch their strategic review later in the year.

And after more than 170 parties reportedly showed interest in investing in United, the 71-year-old supporter from Failsworth prevailed.

Ratcliffe’s failed effort to purchase Chelsea, where he formally had a season ticket, indicated his desire to enter the world of Premier League football.

But it’s no secret that United was his dream investment. He described it as the most exciting investment of his business career ahead of Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

That said, the manner of Chelsea’s rejection may have stung. Ratcliffe’s last-minute £4.25billion offer was pushed aside ‘out of hand’ before Todd Boehly’s consortium were named as the preferred bidders.

The British billionaire could bite back and hand Chelsea the summer transfer blues by luring Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise to United.

The Red Devils have reportedly identified Olise as one of the first transfer targets of the Ratcliffe era and will consider triggering his new release clause at the end of the season.

It’s also been claimed that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is being lined up for a return to Selhurst Park to sweeten the deal and fend off rival interest from Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Stamford Bridge giants tried to sign Olise last summer amid his uncertain future in south London.

They even activated his bargain £35m release clause before the 22-year-old Frenchman penned a new four-year contract at Palace out of nowhere.

His new release clause is expected to be significantly higher than that fee, but that hasn’t faded Chelsea’s interest. However, United could have the upper hand if Wan-Bissaka is open to a return.

Ratcliffe will reportedly inject his own personal wealth into the Red Devils, easing Financial Fair Play restrictions and allowing Erik ten Hag, or whoever is manager this summer, to splash the cash.

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