NETFLIX and Amazon Prime are in a bidding war to sign Manchester United for a new fly-on-the-wall documentary series.
TV executives are keen to capitalize on the popularity of the recent All or Nothing documentary which follows Arsenal’s rollercoaster year last season.
Manchester City, Tottenham and Sunderland have also featured in similar shows, all proving to be huge ratings hits.
SunSport understands that Manchester United tops the streaming giants’ boss list, and they’re willing to pay MILLIONS for it.
A source said: “The story of Manchester United’s rebuilding under Erik ten Hag, the future of Cristiano Ronaldo and the campaign to get the Glazer family out of the club is like a Hollywood movie in itself.
“This is why the club has become the new target for both Amazon Prime and Netflix producers, and the deals have gone multiple times.
“The producers have made great use of the fact that a show would be an opportunity for the directors to show a different side of their role at the club, much as the Arsenal owners did in All or Nothing.
“Until now, United have not given the green light to the idea. But interest remains strong and is unlikely to go away.”
The broadcast giants are willing to pay Man Utd a large sum to allow the cameras into the club.
The source continued: “Amazon paid around £10 million for the All or Nothing series.
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“But the producers would be willing to go much, much more than that if they could get access to the biggest club in the world.
“Viewers from China to the US and Manchester would tune in if they could pull it off.”
Sun Online understands that Barcelona is also being the target of a fly-on-the-wall show with huge interest following the club’s financial crisis.
The story of the purchase of Wrexham by Hollywood owners is also attracting viewers from around the world on Disney Plus and has been critically acclaimed.
Our source added: “Fly on the wall football shows are very hot right now and Amazon and Netflix want to show more and more of them.
“Most of the top clubs have their own TV channel these days, but they don’t show the real inside story of what’s going on, which is why fly shows are proving so popular at the moment.”
Amazon reportedly also wants to film Newcastle during the 2023/24 season.
The season would hit the big screen in the summer of 2024 and could provide a unique insight into life at the club since the Saudi-led takeover last October.