Saudis eye bid for Manchester United in attempt to beat Abu Dhabi's Manchester City on the pitch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is reportedly considering a £3bn deal for Manchester United (Source: Getty)

Manchester United’s New-York listed shares have surged amid talks Saudi Arabia’s crown prince could launch a multi-billion pound bid for the footballing powerhouse.

Mohammad bin Salman, the leader under fire over the death of a Saudi journalist, is reportedly considering a £3bn takeover of the club from the American Glazer family.

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Shares in the team rose over five per cent to $22.39 last night following reports in the Sun.

The newspaper cited sources saying the crown prince wants to rival his neighbours in Abu Dhabi, who bought Manchester City in 2008.

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The sources said bin Salman is ready to allow an individual to bid on the team, or throw the country’s huge resources behind a takeover to buy it outright.

Around one fifth of the club was floated in New York in 2012.

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