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Saudi prince denies 'completely false' rumours that he's set to buy Manchester United

The Glazer family have been in charge at Old Trafford since 2005.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman has dismissed reports he is to launch a takeover bid of Manchester United (Victoria Jones/PA)
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman has dismissed reports he is to launch a takeover bid of Manchester United (Victoria Jones/PA)

Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman has denied reports that he intends to buy Manchester United.

The crown prince was said to be launching a £3.8billion offer to take control of the Premier League club, according to weekend reports.

But the kingdom’s media minister, Turki al-Shabanah, wrote on Twitter: “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.”

United’s American owners, the Glazer family, bought the club for £790million almost 14 years ago.

Press Association Sport reported in October that United’s owners have no intention of selling any stake in the club.

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Manchester United joint chairmen Joel Glazer (right) and Avram Glazer (left). The Glazer family have been in charge of the club since 2005 (Martin Rickett/PA)

United already have business interests with Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Telecom the club’s official integrated telecommunications partner.

The club also signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia last year to help develop football industry in the country.

The crown prince has shown a big appetite for bringing sporting events to his country over the past couple of years, including motor sport and boxing, while Brazil and Argentina played a football international in Riyadh last October.

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