According to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, Amanda Staveley is STILL interested in a deal to takeover at Newcastle United – however she is now waiting for Mike Ashley to compromise and agree to a more reasonable sale price.
Perhaps nothing has changed and her interest has never faded despite Ashley’s stubborn approach to selling, but it can only be seen as a positive that she is ‘still’ keen to take over.
After all, it feels like the only way Rafa Benitez will be here in a years time is if we have new owners in place, meaning her reemergence could be essential – however it’ll not mean a thing if Ashley refuses to budge on price (which went up to £400m after we stayed up).
As highlighted by the Times’ George Caulkin back in January (when talks ended up breaking down), here’s the bids she’s believed to have made up until this point:
- £300m, first bid, November 2: £200m on completion. £50m July 1 2018, £50m July 1 2019 — neither paid in the event of relegation. Benítez to stay as manager. Penalty clauses in the event of HMRC fine.
- £350m, second bid, November 10: £150m on completion. £50m January 1 2020 £50m January 1 2021 £50m January 1 2022 £50m in the event of qualifying for the Champions League. Benítez to stay as manager. Penalty clauses in the event of relegation and HMRC fine.
- £250m, third bid, November 17: £250m payable in full. Benítez to stay as manager. No clauses
If the asking price is now £400m and these are her bids so far, do you think there’s ANY chance of this one being resurrected over the coming year? (Keeping in mind that our Premier League status was up in the air at the time of these three bids).