Arguably the biggest football club in the world, Manchester United could be set to get even richer as reports have emerged that Saudi Arabia’s royal family, one of the richest families in the world are set to oven talks in investing some funds into the club. The reports also state that if the United owners are willing, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman could also look into a potential takeover of the club.
Reports in English newspaper The Sun state that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is believed to be willing to rival the Abu Dhabi royal family, who own Manchester United’s biggest rivals, Manchester City. Since the Abu Dhabi royal family’s takeover of City, the Manchester-based club have become one of the richest in the world as well as the most successful, with almost an unlimited transfer budget for their manager Pep Guardiola.
Manchester United are one of few clubs who can rival City in the market and if the Saudi Arabia takeover does go through, their funds will only increase substantially. Mohammad bin Salman is estimated to have a net worth of around £850bn which means United too could potentially head into future transfer windows, with a blank chequebook.
It is still unclear whether the America-based Glazer family would be interested in selling one of the biggest brands in the sporting world. But if they do and with the resources at both the Manchester-giants, the Manchester-derby will only get bigger.
If the takeover does go through, it will undoubtedly be the biggest one in terms of the sheer numbers involved in the history of the game.