When Mike Ashley announced that Newcastle United Football Club was on the market for sale back in 2017, not many would’ve predicted that it would potentially take up to two years for two parties to agree on a price.
When speaking to Sky News on Monday evening, Mike Ashley revealed that he was “in talks with several potential purchasers” and expressed his hopes of having the deal done by the new year.
Though there are four alleged bidders for Newcastle, only two have been named: Former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive: Peter Kenyon who has shown interest in purchasing Newcastle for some time now and Atlanta sports franchise owner Arthur Blank. The other two are reported to be a Turkish investor and a middle eastern contact who have enquired about Mike Ashley’s asking price.
Mike Ashley also revealed that ongoing negotiations are “at a more progressed stage than they’ve ever been” which suggests that Peter Kenyon (who is rumoured to have the funds ready) and Mike Ashley have agreed on a price for the sale of Newcastle United.
Should these rumours be true and if Mike Ashley does sell, it will add to what is already one of the most historical seasons for Newcastle United’s football team and the supporters. Should this new investor be clever and actually know a thing or two about football, then we can expect to see Rafa being backed by the board and the club changing its direction, steering away from struggling to stay in the top flight to solidifying themselves as regulars.
Now, I wait for a legitimate statement from the club.
What do you think of these rumours? Will Ashley finally sell or is this another trick?
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