Super rich Salman still wants Manchester United takeover’ despite ongoing links for Newcastle
February 2, 2020
The super-rich Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman remains keen to
buy Man United although
he has been linked with a takeover of for
Mike Ashley’s Newcastle before the end of
Bin Salman made strong attempts to acquire United 18 months ago
but was rebuffed by the club’s Glazer owners. Now his business empire remains
committed to thrashing out an Old Trafford deal, as reported by the
Bin Salman’s previously floated a £3.5billion offer for the
Red Devils, which would have given United’s current owners a huge profit.
The Glazers purchased United for £790million in May 2005, and
their reign has been fraught with controversy ever since.
Continual refusal from the Americans to sell United has led to Bin
Salman’s name being linked with a takeover of Newcastle.
Mike Ashley has made no secret of his willingness to sell the
north east club, but remains fixed on a certain valuation of which he will not
Ashley wants £340million to relinquish control of the club
and is yet to receive a firm offer for the Premier League side. Ashley is also
said to be sceptical of the latest speculation.
Ashley’s intention to remain as club owner was seen on the final
day of the January transfer window, as Newcastle pondered a £35million bid for
in-form Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
As reported by Sportsmail, any potential Saudi takeover could be blocked by the Premier League amid allegations that their government is facilitating the commercial theft of the top flight’s international television rights. The League last year accused Saudi Arabia of being complicit in ‘the ongoing theft of our intellectual property’ by refusing to support legal action against pirate broadcaster beoutQ, who it is claimed are broadcasting matches illegally using the state-owned Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (ArabSat) throughout the Middle East and Africa.