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Saudi Arabia says it wants its investors to take over Manchester United and Liverpool – and hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will come to play in its domestic league.

Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf range.

It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a possible sale – and Ronaldo that is of interest to Prince Abdulaziz.

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Melissa Reddy reports in the news that both Manchester United and Liverpool are looking at fresh investment and the possibility of an outright sale at the same time

Ronaldo would love to sign for a Saudi Arabian Pro League side after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old free after an acrimonious exit this week from United.

“Who wouldn’t want to play in their league?” said Prince Abdulaziz Sky News. “He is a role model for many young players – him and Messi.”

Sky Sports News understands that Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are exploring a deal to sign Ronaldo.

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The vision would see the Saudi league include both Ronaldo and Messi, who is still registered at Paris Saint-Germain but has already signed up for the Saudi promotion.

“This has benefited a lot in terms of tourism for the kingdom,” Prince Abdulaziz said. “If they can, I would love to see them both play in the Saudi league.”

Newcastle were bought by the Saudis last year through the Public Investment Fund, which the Premier League claims is not controlled by the government despite being headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Now two other Premier League clubs are in the market – Liverpool and United – and the Sports Minister wants either – or both – to come under Saudi ownership.

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“I hope so, if there are investors and the numbers add up, and that makes for a good business,” he said. “Then the private sector could come in, or companies from the kingdom could come in.”

He added: “The Premier League is the best league in the world. Everyone watches the Premier League. It is the most watched league and there are die-hard fans of these teams in the kingdom. So it would be a benefit for everyone.”

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“I can say that we have a strong league. It’s not one of the strongest in Asia. You know, we’re building towards a better future. And we’re seeing what the future holds for it.”

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He continued: “And you know, I’ve heard about this speculation on the news like everybody else. I don’t have the details of any of the reports that have come out. But you know, what I can say is that we have Messi as an ambassador for tourism. in the kingdom with the Ministry of Tourism – and this benefited greatly.

“In terms of tourism for the kingdom, if they can, I’d like to see them both play in the Saudi league and, you know, if top players come to the Saudi league and play, that will enhance the programs that we have . you do.”

Avram Glazer tackles Man Utd sale and Ronaldo

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In a Sky News exclusive, Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer spoke near his home in West Palm Beach, Florida and said they were looking at “strategic alternatives” for the club and also hit back at Cristiano Ronaldo’s criticism.

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Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has spoken out for the first time since announcing the club could be for sale.

Sky News tracked him down near his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was asked why now was the right time to sell the club.

He said: “As we announced yesterday, the board went through a process and decided that it will look at different strategic alternatives – and that’s what we’re doing.”

He repeated the answer when asked why the club had not been sold earlier, adding: “We’ll see where that takes us.”

The Glazers were reportedly furious with Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments in his recent interview and Ronaldo this week left United by mutual consent.

But Avram Glazer refused to be swayed by the striker’s claim – echoed by many fans – that his family “doesn’t care about the club”.

He told Sky News: “Well, I’ll tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo – he’s a great Manchester United player, I appreciate everything he’s done for the club and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”


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