According to a story in the The Times, Amanda Staveley could now agree a ‘provisional deal’ for NUFC, meaning a final price will be set for the end of the season, with her making a January budget available to Rafa Benitez in the mean time.
It is understood that a deal is not as far on as reported last Wednesday, with two defeats since then having deepened our relegation fears, seeing us sink into the bottom three over the weekend.
Staveley appears to be cautious of committing to a purchase due to the looming fear of relegation and is factoring that possibility into her price, however Ashley seems less keen to do so – although it does state that ‘a deal is edging closer’.
It’s not exactly what we want to hear, but the Times are now suggesting it is a distinct possibility that Amanda Staveley arrival is delayed until the summer (due to relegation fears) but could help back Rafa Benitez in next month’s transfer window to boost our survival hopes in the mean time.
Here’s a snippet from The Chronicle on the Times’ story, suggesting this ‘provisional deal’ is being worked on at present:
“There is a third way which is being worked on at the moment: Staveley could agree a provisional deal with a final price set at the end of the season. That would allow any spending – and a January budget of around £30million is a possibility – in the interim to be factored into the price.”
The figure mentioned has been £30m. This has been scoffed at by some NUFC fans, with claims that it’s not nearly enough, but given investment is essential and spending is far from guaranteed under Ashley, it would be a decent amount to fund a loan deal and two decent buys.