Manchester United supporters continue to protest against the Glazer ownership of their club, yet there are equally significant concerns over the future with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia believed to be preparing a staggering third bid to purchase the club.
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Reports in England from The Daily Mirror suggest that he has already seen two offers rebuffed by the Glazer family, but a third in excess of three billion euros is his next step.
To this point the American owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown no appetite to sell the Premier League club, as it continues to make them incredible amounts of money for very little effort, however the situation at the club is fluid.
Sponsors are becoming increasingly frustrated by the team’s poor performance on the pitch, and with Chevrolet having refused to renew their 450 million euro shirt sponsorship deal, the value of the club’s shares has dropped.
Kevin Glazer has already attempted to cash in on his 13 percent stake in the club, although not by directly selling his shares, but merely converting his B class shares into A class ones.
Bin Salman hopes to take advantage of this inter-family uncertainty, though he will likely face staunch opposition from Joel and Avram Glazer.
Whether supporters would be receptive to such a takeover bid remains to be seen, but such is the strength of feeling against the Glazers at this time, sporting demands may cloud a judgement on events away from the pitch taking place in another part of the world.
Should this three billion euro deal go through, it would represent a monumental profit, even more so than they’ve already gained, for the Glazer family on the 790 million euros paid for the club in 2003.
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