Malaysian prince wants to buy Manchester United

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Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, crown prince of the state of Johor in Malaysia, has announced his intention to purchase a minority stake in Manchester United.

Manchester United have been owned by the Glazer family since 2005, with their reign characterised by widespread discontent among supporters.

Tunku Ismail is hoping to purchase a three to five percent stake in the club, claiming that the 20-time Premier League champions are sustainable enough to warrant a significant investment.

“Manchester United is a club which will take decades for its commercial value to go down,” he said. “In terms of sustainability they are superb. So that is why I will try to have a meeting.”

Tunku Ismail already owns Malaysian outfit Johor Darul Ta’zim, one of the country’s most successful clubs.