Manchester City is already owned by the UAE ruling family. Now apparently another traditional club is being taken over – which has seen better days.
Ex-champion Derby County is the second English professional football club to move to Manchester City and become owned by the rulers of the United Arab Emirates. The club confirmed the agreement on the “very soon” expected sale of the rams to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, a cousin of the citizen’s owner, Sheikh Mansour. England’s star striker Wayne Rooney’s price for the club, the equivalent of around € 66 million, is up for debate after the outgoing owners have suffered heavy losses since entering and missed the intended return to the Premier League.
Derby, champion in the football motherland in 1972 and 1975, was relegated from the Premier League in 2008. At the moment, the team of the Belgian ex-player Phillip Cocu is only second to last in the second-class championship.
Sheikh Khaled managed to get into English professional football on the third attempt through an agreement with the owners of Derby. His attempts to take over a top club failed in 2018 at the English champions Liverpool, as did a year later at Newcastle United.