According to The Chronicle’s Chris Waugh, people ‘close to Mike Ashley’ attempted to drum up interest in both the USA and East Asia over the summer – suggesting the club is very much still up for sale.
It’s claimed that this attempt to gain new interest has not turned into anything concrete as of yet, however this suggests that Mike Ashley IS still searching fo a new buyer after rejecting Amanda Stavely’s recent offers.
Whether someone gets close to his alleged £400m asking price is another matter, but this should give some hope to fans who believe he has no interest in selling.
Here’s what was said during The Chronicle’s latest Q&A, with the following being disclosed when questioned about the latest on the takeover front:
“It is my understanding that over the summer, people close to Ashley were attempting to drum up interest in the USA and also in East Asia, but I have heard nothing to suggest that has turned into anything concrete I’m afraid.”
Considering The Chronicle mentioned tentative interest from South Korea in a recent piece, it makes me wonder if the signings of Yoshinori Muto and Ki Sung-Yueng were partly not only bought for the team, but also to get the club on the map in East Asia?
With Staveley and PCP the only ones to show any substantial interest in the club as of yet, here’s what Chris Waugh said on her stance – suggesting she’s still interested but only on one condition:
“Obviously Amanda Staveley and PCP Capital Partners Ltd submitted three offers for the club, though none of those were accepted by Mike Ashley, and the last I heard on that front was that there was still interest, but only if the asking price lowered.”
I’m not holding my breath, but I think I speak for most NUFC fans in saying that we all live in hope..
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