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Saudi government ‘will definitely support’ private sector bids for Manchester United and Liverpool

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Saudi Arabia’s sports minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, says his government “will definitely support” a private sector bid if it was made for Manchester United and Liverpool.

The American owners of the two Premier League giants are currently exploring sales.

The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), meanwhile, has an 80 per cent stake in Newcastle United, acquired in October 2021.

And with United and Liverpool potentially changing hands in the near future, Prince Abdulaziz said that a private sector bid “would reflect positively’ on Saudi Arabia”

“From the private sector, I can’t speak on their behalf, but there is a lot of interest and appetite and there’s a lot of passion about football,” Prince Abdulaziz told BBC Sport.

“It’s the most-watched league in Saudi and the region and you have a lot of fans of the Premier League.

“We will definitely support it if any (Saudi) private sector comes in, because we know that’s going to reflect positively on sports within the kingdom.

“But if there’s an investor willing to do so and the numbers add up, why not?”

The Glazer family have owned United for 17 years, while Fenway Sports Group (FSG) has controlled Liverpool since 2010.

Just over a year on from Newcastle’s takeover by Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund, the north-east club have risen from bottom to third in the Premier League. Newcastle have seen significant investment in the playing squad in the last 13 months, with Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman and Alexander Isak among those to have joined.

The Premier League does not return until December 26, with the competition in a mid-season break for the Qatar World Cup.

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