According to The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas, people close to Mike Ashley’s have now indicated that the NUFC owner would accept an offer of £300m for the club IF there were ‘no clauses’ attached to the takeover.
Mark also states that the same person has told him that Ashley is now ‘fed up with football’ – another indication that he may just be nearing the end of his tenure at Newcastle United; providing an offer he deems acceptable arrives.
This is to be taken with a pinch of salt as we’ve been here before and Ashley is always so hard to second guess, but this can only be seen as good news, potentially.
“I know of interest: I can tell you there are at least two interested parties I’ve been told about (one would be PCP Capital, who retain interest but not at the prices being quoted). But whether it ever amounts to anything more than that is the £400million question.
“Or should that be £300million, because two weeks ago I was told friends of Mike Ashley were saying he would accept an offer in that region if there were no clauses attached to it. The same person said he was fed up with football – although I’ve heard that before.”
It’s also interesting to hear that there’s ‘at least two interested parties’ (with one being PCP Capital and Amanda Staveley) – however, as always, it remains to be seen if anything comes of this.
Considering a takeover seems essential if we wish to keep Rafa Benitez at the club beyond this season, this at least gives us a glimmer of hope.
Can you see investors upping their interest if the price was indeed £300m with no clauses attached?