Last year, former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra claimed he had put a Saudi investor in touch with Mike Ashley’s lawyers.
His claims were big and out of the blue but largely fell on deaf ears – yet he’s now piped up again following talk of a Saudi-based consortium being in discussions to buy the club this.
Here’s the cryptic message the 36-year-old posted on Twitter at 8.16am this morning – before deleting it moments later:
Here’s what Chopra said about interest from Saudi back in July 2019:
“Go back to the end of last season and I had a guy from Saudi Arabia who was very interested in the club, he spoke to Lee Charnley and he put us in touch with Andrew Henderson, Mike Ashley’s lawyer.
“We called him up, we wanted the mandate from Andrew Henderson to speak to the guy in Saudi about buying the club. Andrew Henderson said: ‘Look, if the Saudi guy said if he’s got that much money, is a royal out there, tell him to fly to London to see me.’
“From that day, I don’t think they realistically want to sell the club. They wouldn’t give a mandate to someone who has found somebody who wants to buy the club.”
Talk of a buyout from the Amanda Staveley-led group has gone quiet over the past week, but that silence could yet prove to be golden.
I doubt our former striker knows what’s really going on behind the scenes (why would he?), however Mike Ashley always said it would never happen if it was played out in public.
So, either the leak that emerged from the Wall Street Journal has put the mockers on another potential takeover, or the silence is golden and something’s going on.