Saudi media minister dismisses Manchester United takeover

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman does not plan to buy Manchester United, the government’s media minister has said, while confirming that talks over a sponsorship with the club have took place.

The Sun ran a story over the weekend claiming Mohammed bin Salman was preparing a bid for Manchester United, valued at £3.8 million – suggesting a hefty profit for the Glazer family.

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But Turki al-Shabanah, the media minister in Saudi Arabia, dismisses a takeover, posting the following tweet: “Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false. Manchester United held a meeting with @PIFSaudi to discuss sponsorship opportunity. No deal has been materialized.”

We’ve been told off the record that interest in a takeover from Saudi is very real and the stories around it shouldn’t be ignored.

So this could be a red herring, who knows?

Not long ago MBS was at the centre of a global outcry over the terrible death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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