Luke Edwards has had his say on the takeover front in the last few moments, suggesting the next seven day are ‘absolutely crucial’ as a £300m Saudis buyout is concerned.
To calm any inevitable nerves, The Telegraph’s north-east reporter insists he’s both ‘confident’ and ‘convinced’ that this deal is going to go through, but hints that Mike Ashley may issue some sort of response to the rumours IF we hear nothing more in the next week.
This comes a few days on from claims that Premier League approval was “very close” and expected to be given the green light, leaving a few anxious fans wondering what’s going on.
That said, there are a few key factors which are bound to have slowed down the process. We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic and this deal has also come with a variety of complaints (via Amnesty International and BeIN Sports among others), so this was alway likely to take time.
It’s frustrating and almost unbearable – with many of us spending most of self-isolation refreshing Twitter and eagerly awaiting the big news with our cans in the fridge – but if we can wait 13 years, we can wait a few more days, right?
It’s unsettling, but the deal doesn’t appear to be in doubt, just delayed, with it reassuring to hear that Edwards STILl remains ‘convinced’ this is going to go through next week.