It’s safe to say, the proposed takeover situation is getting odder with each new development.
Last week saw reports of Carla DiBello being involved in the deal – the US based socialite runs a firm called CDB advisory which specialises in making business connections between Saudi Arabia and North America.
The Wall Street Journal, who were the first to break the story about Amanda Staveley’s latest attempt to buy us, have today again mentioned her name and a potential takeover at NUFC in the same article.
The WSJ now reveal that DiBello first approached officials from the PIF in “early 2019”, claiming she pitched the idea of the fund “putting the money up”. They also report that both herself and Amanda Staveley propose to have roles in ‘managing the business side’ of NUFC and take a stake in the club should a takeover be successful.
The avoid you rummaging through the above report, it highlights the following points, saying DiBello told Saudi officials that:
- Mike Ashley wanted to sell NUFC
- Amanda Staveley and herself wanted to cut the PIF into the deal, and to ‘put the money up.’
- Both women would hold a role in managing the business side of NUFC
- Both would get some equity in the club
While this all seems so far fetched, it is also worth pointing out that the author of the article is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and is unlikely to print idle speculation about the acquisition of a football club.
Intriguing claims coming from a reputable Journal that wouldn’t post complete and utter rubbish, but this takeover picture just keeps on getting weirder.
I’m off to track some planes!