Man Utd owners in talks to buy Indian club East Bengal, says cricket legend | Soccer

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Sourav Ganguly is reportedly involved in the sale of East Bengal Club (Image: Getty Images)

Sourav Ganguly says there have been talks between Indian Super League club East Bengal and the owners Manchester United on taking over the Kolkata team.

Ganguly, an Indian cricket legend and current President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is reportedly facilitating the sale of the club, which finished bottom of the Indian Super League table in 2021-22.

At a promotional event for Cycle Pure Agarbathites, Ganguly was asked if talks had started with Manchester United owners, he told the Times of India: “Yes, we’ve spoken to them and others too. It will take another 10-12 days to know who the entity will be.’

When asked if the Glazer family would come on board as investors, the former India captain said: “No, no (they come) as owners.”

However, Ganguly urged caution, suggesting there was still plenty of time for talks and it was too early to suggest who would become the club’s new owners.

“It will take some time,” he said. “First let it reach a stage, then we will comment. I will only speak when there is a concrete development.’

It’s been a chaotic few years for the club, with changes in investors calling the future into question and requiring a new owner.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler was hired as manager in October 2020 but was gone less than a year later, having won just three of his 20 games in charge.

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