According to the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas, Mike Ashley is ‘finished’ with Peter Kenyon, but will still ‘listen to offers’ at the right price – with his valuation said to be around the £350m mark if we stay up this season.
This comes from both Douglas’ takeover ‘update’ on his Facebook page and his latest comments in the Chronicle’s latest live blog, suggesting that any deal with Kenyon is dead – but that the club is not ‘off the market’.
This all feels far too familiar doesn’t it, with it seeming as though both Staveley and Kenyon are now out of the picture just as Ashley plans to hike his price up if and when our Premier League status is secured.
Here’s what Mark Douglas has had to say about it all:
‘So the dust has settled a bit on the Sunday Times story that Mike Ashley has taken the club off the market.
For what it’s worth, and after taking the temperature around the various movers and shakers around NUFC, it seems that it’s not quite the case that United are off the market. Ashley would still listen to offers for the club at the right price, but he’s finished with Peter Kenyon and anyone coming to him in future will have to prove they have the funds before the sort of in-depth behind-the-scenes work that was done before Christmas (and cost Ashley a six-figure fund).
‘It doesn’t change anything really: NUFC could still be sold if Ashley gets someone willing to pay his price (of just under £300m when the club’s in relegation trouble, £350m if the club’s safe in the close season), he just isn’t “actively seeking” a buyer (if he ever really was).’
‘But officially off-the-market? That’s not the vibes we’re getting. It really remains status quo in the takeover saga – interested parties remain but nothing to see here at the moment.’
This really would be typical Ashley. Not only has another takeover saga ended in disappointment, but this could see him price any new buyers out of a deal over the summer, with greed kicking in once our top flight status is secured.
Considering some feel new owners are essential if we’re to keep Rafa at the club, talk that he’ll up his asking price and wash his hands with Kenyon isn’t exactly what we wanted to hear – even if he may still be ‘open to offers’.