Bid accepted: Britain’s richest man ready to buy French club Nice for £90 million 

4 June 2019

Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Photo: Getty Images Ratcliffe is a keen sports enthusiast. He bought Swiss football team Lausanne in 2017, invested £110 million in a British challenge for the America’s Cup with Sir Ben Ainslie last year, and in January he bought cycling’s Team Sky and rebranded them as Team Ineos.

Previously linked with Chelsea, Sir Jim Ratcliffe has had a bid accepted for French Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice. 

The deal crashed in February, but latest reports say they’ve made “significant progress” with their new £90 million offer.

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has had a £90 million bid accepted to buy Ligue 1 side OGC Nice, according to a French news outlet, Nice-Matin.

Ratcliffe, who has an estimated fortune of £21 billion, tried to buy the club in February but didn’t succeed. At that time a £77 million deal was reported, but owner Chien Lee, a Chinese-American entrepreneur and owner of Barnsley FC, changed his mind at the last minute after the club president, Ganaye Gauthier, told him the club was worth far more, writes The Sun

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