Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, will reportedly only sell the club if they receive a massive financial offer in the region of £4billion.
The Red Devils’ supremos have been tipped to sell up with talk of a mega-money Saudi Arabia takeover from Mohammed bin Salman refusing to die down.
Manchester United chief Richard Arnold has been pictured in the Middle East this week, posing with officials who even gave him his own Saudi jersey.
The Athletic say it’s currently unknown where the potential takeover is at amid all the speculation.
But it’s claimed they would only sell for a huge amount, potentially exceeding £4billion.
That would make any takeover the highest in Premier League history, dwarfing the £790million the Glazers paid to take control of the club in 2005.
Fenway Sports Group paid £280m to acquire Liverpool in 2010 and, two years before that, Sheik Mansour completed a £210m takeover of Manchester City.
Roman Abramovich paid £140m to take control of Chelsea in 2003, with the Russian then changing the landscape of English football.
And West Ham cost David Sullivan and David Gold just £52.5m when they acquired the club nine years ago.
Meanwhile, United chief Ed Woodward was recently asked about the Glazers and whether they had plans to sell.
And he insisted that wasn’t the case, telling the United We Stand fanzine: “Based on what I see, they’re in it for the long-term.
“With regards to offers or asking prices, my understanding is that there have been no discussions for a price for the club or anything like that.
“Every conversation we have is based on the long-term.
“The debt is a long-term, structured and similar to some other football clubs. It’s a fixed amount for a fixed period of time which results in it being fairly cheap to service.
“It’s just under two per cent of our annual revenue each year, so it doesn’t really have any impact on us.”
Woodward also insisted they wanted to see United win the Premier League title, adding: “We have to win the Premier League.
“I view the Premier League as the focus, that’s the biggest test, the benchmark.
“You can roll a dice in the Champions League, you need luck to win that, but we have to win the Premier League.
“We need to do well commercially to do well on the pitch, we also need to spend what we get more consistently than we have been doing, but we’re on much firmer ground with recruitment.
“I understand the scrutiny; it’s part of the job. We have to do everything we possibly can to get back to winning the Premier League. We’re not successful until we do. Second is not success – we have to win the Premier League.
“Despite some of the narrative around the club at the moment, I feel that we are on the right track to get back to that point [winning the league] but we are going to have to be patient.”