According to Forbes, Manchester United tops the list of both most valuable football club in the world. Is this good news though? Its always nice to head a list and show that your brand is known worldwide but as the estimated value of the club goes up, I fear so does the resolve of the Glazer family to hold out for that magical $2 billion that they have been rumoured to be seeking.
The article throws out numbers like $192 million in TV broadcast revenue and $80 million from the run to the final in the UEFA Champion's League last year. That's alot of money and could easily buy the Red Devils at least two Andy Carroll's this summer. With the amount of debt currently over the head of the club, will even 50% of that money make into the transfer coffers? Sadly, I think not. This was a valuation of the club based on 2011 and we have seen from previous reports that United's bank account has no where near this amount of money in it.
I hope I am wrong and the money has some how made its way to Sir Alex Ferguson but I think not. Sadly, as the valuation on the club continues to rise, it becomes that much harder for the Glazers to walk away with what they perceive as "a good deal."