Editor’s be aware: 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 meant to pursue a deal to accumulate Manchester United.
“I am shopping for Manchester United welcome,” Musk mentioned in a tweet. The crew 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 12 months that the Glazers had been keen to promote the membership however provided that they had been supplied greater than 4 billion kilos (US$4.84 billion).
Musk is at present attempting to exit a US$44 billion deal to purchase the social media firm, which has taken him to court docket.
Manchester United is among the finest supported soccer golf equipment on the earth. They’ve been champions of England a document 20 occasions and have received the European Cup, essentially the most prestigious membership competitors on the earth recreation, 3 times.
Dissatisfaction amongst followers grew with the Glazers’ perceived lack of want to usher in key gamers after the membership completed sixth within the English Premier League final season this time, whereas crosstown rivals Manchester Metropolis received their second consecutive title.
The soccer membership had a market capitalization of US$ 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 crew’s struggles on the pitch.
The anti-Glazer motion gained momentum final 12 months 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 troublesome 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 worthy automotive firm, electrical automobile maker Tesla , the rocket firm SpaceX, and several other smaller firms. One in every of them is a tunnel producer referred to as The Boring Firm.
Musk seems to smoke marijuana in a podcast and struggle 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)