The Saudi Royal Family has reportedly given up hope on buying Manchester United, according to The Sun.
It is alleged that super-agent Pini Zahavi was recruited by the Saudi Arabian regime to help them with a multi-billion pound takeover. They are said to have met with the football agent on February 24 but it remains unclear whether a formal bid has ever been made to the Glazers.
But the Glazers aren’t giving in that easy. A well-placed source told The Sun Avraham and Joel Glazer want to take a more hands-on approach in the running of the club.
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That sounds awful, the Glazers having a more hands-on role in how the club operates. It’s bad enough as it is…
Ed Woodward can sleep well tonight knowing his position is not under immediate threat, as claimed by the report.
The Saudis may need to look elsewhere if they receive no indication in the next few months that the Glazers will call it a day and sell up at Old Trafford.
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was said to be the driving force behind a bid to acquire United, though I’m not sure he’s the sort of person you want to have associated with our football club.
The murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul stunned the world and will forever shine Bin Salman in a negative light.