France: English billionaire Jim Ratcliffe wants to buy Nice

France: English billionaire Jim Ratcliffe wants to buy Nice

Jim Ratcliffe, owner of the biggest fortune in the United Kingdom and owner of the petrochemical group Ineos, confirmed to the daily Nice-Matin that he plans to buy French club Nice, currently eighth in Ligue 1.

Robert Ratcliffe, brother of the billionaire and in charge of the negotiation, confirmed the interest in interview to the French regional daily.

"We do not want to buy a club where we have to rebuild everything. Nice has a magnificent stadium, a completely new training center," said Ratcliffe.

"Ineos wants to invest in football. Ligue 1 has great players like Mbappé and Neymar, some of the best in the world," he continued.

British investors did not reveal the price they are willing to pay to Nice's major shareholder, Chien Lee. The Nice-Matin newspaper, however, considered the value of the deal to be around 100 million euros.

Jim Ratcliffe, owner of FC Lausanne-Sport football club (Switzerland) and who has just bought Sky, the biggest power of the cycling circuit, has a fortune estimated at 24.5 billion euros.

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