City owner Mansour eyes Real

MADRID - Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has made inquiries about trying to buy Real Madrid, according to an unconfirmed report yesterday.

MADRID - Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has made inquiries about trying to buy Real Madrid, according to an unconfirmed report yesterday.

AS said the Abu Dhabi-based billionaire would be prepared to pay ß1billion (R10,8billion) for the Spanish giants.

The Spanish sports daily did not give a source but claimed: "Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has commissioned representatives to buy out the club." AS said such a deal would be almost impossible.

Real would need the permission of their shareholding fans to change their legal statutes, which would then pave the way for any deal. Fans of Real vote on the election of most of the board and the club's president.

AS said a meeting between Sheikh Mansour and Real president Florentino Perez could be held early next year. Real are reported to have debts of ß327million (R3,54billion).

If the plan gathered momentum, it would start alarm bells ringing for Manchester City, because UEFA rules are that two different clubs cannot have the same owner. - Sapa-AFP

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