Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman seems desperate to take over a Premier League club.
Most recently, the Prince has been at the forefront of a consortium bid led by financier Amanda Staveley to buy Newcastle United from Mike Ashley.
Ashley is said to be demanding £340 million for the sale of the club – most definitely within the Prince’s price range – but remains skeptical considering a firm bid is yet to arrive.
That’s because Newcastle is most certainly not the first choice of Bin Salam and he’s ‘still focused’ on becoming the new owner at Old Trafford.
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Prince still focused on Man Utd
Bin Salam is desperate to become involved with the Premier League as part of his growing connections with world sport and ‘still prefers’ United to be mother-club of choice.
The news comes 18 months after the Saudi Prince was willing to pay a monumental £3.5 billion for the Red Devils, only to the see the incumbent owners, the Glazers, rebuff the approach.
Despite having initially bought United for £750 million in May 2005, and therefore being on course for a gigantic profit, the Americans insisted they were not open to offers.
Newcastle or Man Utd?
But is the takeover actually possible? Well, the more Ashley becomes frustrated with the situation at St. James’ Park, the more feasible it seems that Bin Salam will return attentions to the north-west.
A source close to Ashley explained: “Mike is getting fed up of hearing or reading about proposed interest from different parties in the media.
“It’s why until he actually sees the colour of somebody’s money he remains highly sceptical about whether there is genuine interest in purchasing Newcastle United.”
GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says
Ah, yes, the one thing that United need right now: more money. Hmmm.
Ok, look, there’s no denying that some of the blame for United’s situation lies at the feet of the current owners, but don’t let dollar signs blindly lead you into thinking any change is good change.
Regardless of whether it’s Bin Salam, the Glazers or flaming Wayne Rooney at the helm, tweaks must be made to the club’s transfer and recruitment strategies.
The last thing the Red Devils need is to go on another transfer binge… not unless the right alterations have been made to adapt a model similar to, well, Manchester City’s.
But whether or not that’s conducive with the so-called long-term project unfurling under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains to be seen.
Just like Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz II, working with Bin Salam might guarantee money, but it’s no guarantee of entertainment. That, dear United, is a far more deep-rooted problem.