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

Sourav Ganguly says there have been talks between Indian Super League club East Bengal and the owners of Manchester United over a takeover of the side based in Kolkata.

Ganguly, who is a legend of Indian cricket and the 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 2021-22 Indian Super League table.

Speaking at a promotional event for Cycle Pure Agarbathites, Ganguly was asked if talks had begun with the Manchester United owners, he said, via Times of India: ‘Yes we have spoken to them and others also. It will take 10-12 more days to know who will be the entity.’

Pushed on whether the Glazer family would be coming in as investors, the former India captain said: ‘No, no (they are coming) as an owner.’

Ganguly did urge caution, though, suggesting that talks have plenty of time to go and it is too early to suggest who will become the new owners of the club.

‘It takes some time,’ he said. ‘First, let it reach a stage then we will make a comment. I will speak only after there’s a concrete development.’

It has been a chaotic few years for the club, with changes of investors leaving the future in question and a new owner a necesity.

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

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