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Inside Man Utd chief Richard Arnold’s plush meeting with Saudi Arabia delegates amid £3bn-plus takeover interest

MANCHESTER UNITED chief Richard Arnold enjoyed a plush meeting with Saudi Arabia delegates amid talks of the club being taken over in a £3billion-plus deal.

Mohammad Bin Salman has been working on a mega-money package to take over the reins from the Glazer family - a move 91 per cent of United fans want to see.

And now, Man Utd have taken the next step towards getting the deal over the line, by sending director Arnold out to Saudi Arabia.

In a video shared to social media, Arnold can be seen meeting with high-ranking Saudi officials, including a "group of Excellencies" and "officials of the community and sports".

The meeting took is said to have taken place at the home of Faisal Abu Saq - a "friend" of those involved.

Arnold is also thought to be set to attend the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh during his trip.

During the video, Arnold thanks the Saudi officials for the meeting, saying: "Thank you for the wonderful welcome we've received here in Riyadh."

In the clip, Arnold can be seen rubbing shoulders with delegates and making small-talk, all the while taking in a show from some local musicians.

During the meeting, Arnold is thought to have talked-up the club in a bid to seal a deal.

Speaking about United, the director said: "We have over a billion fans around the world, our games are shown on 80 per cent of the world's televisions.

"We are directly involved with 200 million of those fans and communicate with them."

Following the meeting, professor and journalist Dr Hafez Medlej - who was in attendance - revealed he "tried to confirm the sale of Man Utd" but couldn't in the "presence of legends".

As well as high-ranking officials, Saudi Arabian football legend Sami Al-Jaber - who scored 46 times in 156 caps for his country - was at the event.

This is not the first time Arnold has taken the trip to Saudi Arabia - having done so on many times already in 2019.

In February, he visited the country for business meetings with the club's existing relationships - including Saudi Telecom and General Sports Authority.

But it sparked rumours of a potential takeover, with Bin Salman expressing an interest in taking over the club shortly before the visit.

It is believed two offers have already been rejected out of hand by the Glazer family since the interest was first registered.

Earlier this month, SunSport exclusively revealed that co-owner Kevin Glazer is prepared to sell his 13 per cent stake in the club.

Ever since, speculation regarding another bid from Bin Salman - the power behind the throne of one the most important nations in the Middle East - has been rife.

These talks only further fuel the fire, with a fresh bid now imminent.

Man United bracing themselves for another £3bn-plus takeover bid from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

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