Premier League: Crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman not seeking to buy Manchester United, says Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is not seeking to buy Premier League football club Manchester United, the kingdom’s media minister said on Monday

Reuters February 18, 2019 13:53:26 IST
Premier League: Crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman not seeking to buy Manchester United, says Saudi Arabia
  • Reports that Mohammed Bin Salman intends to buy the club are completely false, the minister, Turki al-Shabanah, wrote on social network Twitter.

  • He was reacting to reports that the crown prince had sought to tempt the Glazer family to cede control of the club.

  • On Sunday, the British newspaper, The Sun, said the crown prince was in a £3.8-billion ($4.9-billion) takeover bid for one of football’s most popular clubs.

Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is not seeking to buy Premier League football club Manchester United, the kingdom’s media minister said on Monday, denying reports and adding that there had only been a meeting with the Saudi wealth fund regarding sponsorship.

Premier League Crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman not seeking to buy Manchester United says Saudi Arabia

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Reports that Mohammed Bin Salman intends to buy the club are “completely false”, the minister, Turki al-Shabanah, wrote on social network Twitter.

He was reacting to reports that the crown prince had sought to tempt the Glazer family to cede control of the club.

“Manchester United held a meeting with PIF Saudi to discuss (a) sponsorship opportunity,” Shabanah said, adding that no deal materialised.

On Sunday, the British newspaper, The Sun, said the crown prince was in a £3.8-billion ($4.9-billion) takeover bid for one of football’s most popular clubs.

The paper said a bid was first submitted in October but the fallout from the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s embassy in Istanbul put the “skids” on a potential offer.

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