Manchester United are visiting Asia this preseason tour and there is a huge possibility that India might be one of those destinations as the sleeping giant of football lays its first big bow of this kind.
They Reds from Manchester have discussed a friendly against East Bengal on 26th July, with a possibility of payday of about £3 million if they find new sponsors.
A four man Manchester United team headed by Alan Dawson headed to Kolkata last year in an attempt to negotiate a decent deal with East Bengal. The Indian club would host the game at the Yuvabharati Krirancan Stadium which also coincides with their centenary celebrations on August 1.
East Bengal director Debabrata Sarkar speaking about potential Manchester United friendly: ‘We had a meeting. We are trying our best to make the Manchester United match happen, and we will see what possibilities we can explore.
‘They are ready to play here, but their appearance fee is huge. I cannot tell the amount, but it is something we need to consider.
‘Manchester United are happy, and have submitted a report after their inspection.
‘After May we can decide whether they will play here or not. As of now we are busy finding new sponsors.’
East Bengal's executive committee member Debabrata Sarkar has insisted that the club is trying its best to bring Premier League giants Manchester United to India. https://t.co/gHmMmymoV6
— India TV (@indiatvnews) February 5, 2020