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Saudi Arabia Crown Prince still wants Man Utd takeover (Mirror)

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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has been linked with a takeover of Newcastle United is still focused on buying Manchester United .

According to Mirror, around 18 months ago he was prepared to pay around £3.5billion for the Old Trafford club only for United’s owners, the Glazers, to insist they were not open to offers.

A sale to the Middle East based Prince would have meant them making a huge profit after purchasing United for £790 million in May 2005.

But they stood firm and now Bin Salman’s name has been at the forefront of a consortium bid led by business woman and financier Amanda Staveley to become the new owners of Newcastle United.

Current owner Mike Ashley who wants £340million to relinquish control of the club has still to receive a firm offer and is said to be sceptical of the latest speculation.

It’s why he was prepared to finance a £35million bid for Lille’s highly rated midfielder Boubakary Soumare – one which was accepted by the club only for the player to reject the move to the North East.