Editor’s observe: Though Elon Musk tweeted about shopping for Manchester United, he has since admit it was a joke. A model of the unique Reuters story is under.
Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, tweeted on Tuesday that he was shopping for the soccer membership Manchester United Plc, with out providing particulars.
Musk has a historical past of being unconventional and tweeting anonymously, and it was not instantly clear whether or not he supposed to pursue a deal to accumulate Manchester United.
“I am shopping for Manchester United welcome,” Musk mentioned in a tweet. The workforce is managed by the American Glazer household. Neither the household nor Musk instantly responded to a request for remark.
British newspaper The Every day Mirror reported final yr that the Glazers had been prepared to promote the membership however provided that they had been supplied greater than 4 billion kilos (US$4.84 billion).
Musk is presently attempting to exit a US$44 billion deal to purchase the social media firm, which has taken him to courtroom.
Manchester United is likely one of the greatest supported soccer golf equipment on the earth. They’ve been champions of England a document 20 instances and have gained the European Cup, probably the most prestigious membership competitors on the earth sport, 3 times.
Dissatisfaction amongst followers grew with the Glazers’ perceived lack of need to herald key gamers after the membership completed sixth within the English Premier League final season this time, whereas crosstown rivals Manchester Metropolis gained their second consecutive title.
The soccer membership had a market capitalization of US$ 2.08 billion, when the inventory market closed on Tuesday.
In recent times Manchester United followers have protested towards the Glazers, who purchased the membership for 790 million kilos ($955.51 million) in 2005, due to the workforce’s struggles on the pitch.
The anti-Glazer motion gained momentum final yr after United had been concerned in a failed bid to kind a European Tremendous League.
Some followers have urged Musk to purchase Manchester United as an alternative of Twitter.
Musk has a historical past of unconventional actions and concepts, making it typically tough to inform when he is joking.
His ambitions vary from colonizing Mars to creating a brand new sustainable vitality financial system, and within the course of he has constructed the world’s most respected automobile firm, electrical automobile maker Tesla , the rocket firm SpaceX, and a number of other smaller corporations. Certainly one of them is a tunnel producer known as The Boring Firm.
Musk seems to smoke marijuana in a podcast and combat with US regulators about his concepts about his plans for Tesla, together with an deserted try to take it non-public.
Forbes estimates his fortune at US$270 billion.
(Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Writing by Peter Henderson; Enhancing by Aditya Soni, Neil Fullick and Michael Perry)