According to the Chronicle, Mexican sports firm ‘Orlegi Sports‘ have set their sights on buying a club in Europe – and they claim they hold ‘genuine interest’ in Newcastle United.
Given what’s happened over the past few years, it goes without saying that this should be taken with a pinch of salt – with recent ‘interest’ from the likes of Amanda Staveley and Peter Kenyon coming to nothing.
The group have just purchased Atlas FC, the second club added to their portfolio, however it’s been claimed that a potential takeover at St James’ Park is also on their radar.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s latest piece – make of this what you will:
The Mexican Sports company linked with buying Newcastle United will turn its focus to trying to buy a club in Europe after adding a third team to their portfolio.
Orlegi Sports has bought the controlling stake in Mexican top flight side Atlas FC. The Guadalajara-based club now joins Santos Laguna and Tampico on the company’s books, and they are now investigating “seven options” – including some in the UK.
And ChronicleLive has managed to verify through sources close to the group that they ARE investigating the possibility of buying Newcastle, who have been officially up for sale for two years.
Chairman of Orlegi Sports, Alejandro Irarragorri, stood down as president of Santos Laguna earlier this month to focus full time on Orlegi’s business plan.
And speaking at his press conference last week, Irarragorri spoke of seven teams that the group were considering a move for. It is understood that Newcastle is one of those.
The Chronicle’s Andrew Musgrove then had the following to say on Twitter in addition to his above piece, insisting that he’s been told their interest in Newcastle United is real:
“From what I’ve been told there is genuine interest in NUFC – how far down the line has it gone? That’s anyone’s guess but this group want to expand into Europe and I’ve been told NUFC is on their radar.”
Let’s hope something actually comes of this so called ‘interest’ this time around. We can’t afford to spend yet another transfer window where rumours and speculation over a sale takes over.