Manchester United in the sights of Saudi Arabia: for bin Salman is “a perfect purchase”

Manchester United nel mirino della Arabia Saudita: per bin Salman è "un acquisto perfetto"

Manchester United in the sights of Saudi Arabia: for bin Salman is "a perfect purchase" (Photo archive Ansa)

LONDON – Manchester United may change ownership, according to the Sun, and the buyer is Saudi Arabia, when the kingdom is under international spotlight for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Prince Mohammad bin Salman , King Salman's heir, wants to make his mark in the football world and sees Manchester United as a "perfect buy", Sun said, citing "well-informed sources".

A family friend, a Saudi company or the sovereign state fund could bid Adam Glazer, the current owner, to acquire the club worth almost $ 4 billion. But there is also the possibility that the Crown Prince purchases only a part. It is not yet known, however, if the Glazer family is willing to sell the club.

Saudi Arabia has long entered the world of sport with purchases in both F1 and WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment, and football is already part of a broader political battle between the Gulf States. The Saudis, for example, in 2017 interrupted relations with Qatar and banned the Qatar channel beIN Sports. Later, the BeoutQ channel, presumably based in Saudi Arabia, seems to have started to pirate the BeIN Sport coverage on British top class flights.

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