Huge claims have emerged from the Daily Mail in the early hours of this morning, with news suggesting Amanda Staveley has now officially mounted a £300m bid to buy Newcastle United football club from Mike Ashley – including plans to hand Rafa Benitez a whopping £300m to invest in the squad if she is successful.
With it being the Daily Mail, we would normally be very reluctant to get too carried away, however it has been widely accepted this week that Staveley’s interest in NUFC is stepping up.
Just yesterday it was confirmed by Reuters – one of the most highly-respected news agencies – that she valued the club at £300m and held genuine interest, whilst The Chronicle confirmed that Ashley was receptive to talks with the billionaire businesswoman armed with considerable financial muscle from the middle east.
Back to this morning’s huge claims, here’s an extract from the Daily Mail’s big article reporting Staveley’s official bid:
‘Amanda Staveley makes £300m bid to buy Newcastle United from Mike Ashley… and she could release same figure for transfers if successful’
Newcastle United have been formally put up for sale by owner Mike Ashley
Amanda Staveley, the British financier, has mounted a £300million bid
Her firm, PCP Capital, values club at less than Ashley’s £400m asking price
Amanda Staveley, one of the City’s leading dealmakers, has mounted a £300million bid to buy Newcastle United that would see her become the new face of the club.
Staveley’s investment fund PCP Capital Partners, which is backed by £28billion from the Middle East and China, is understood to be in talks with owner Mike Ashley.
A deal may be done by Christmas and Staveley could pump as much as £300m into manager Rafa Benitez’s transfer funds.
Whether this is true or not, it cannot be denied that Staveley’s interest is now intensifying, making it a tough task for even the most pessimistic NUFC fan not to get excited by the prospect of such a takeover.
As ever, we live in hope, but things really are starting to look pretty promising as far as a potential Ashley exit and Staveley takeover is concerned.