A promising new report on a potential Saudi takeover has emerged from The Independent today.
In their latest piece on the ongoing £300m saga, they’ve shared some promising quotes received from a ‘source close to the Saudi Arabian-backed bid’, also stating that the Staveley-led consortium believe the deal is NOT in danger of being derailed and should go through eventually – even if they miss out on the summer transfer window.
Here’s what this unnamed spokesperson for the Saudi-backed consortium had to say, insisting that they remain adamant the bid will be approved and will not be deterred in light of the long delay and bad press they’ve received in the process:
“We don’t see a legitimate reason to stop the sale,”
“The decision making-process (leading to the involvement in the sale) was very deliberate.
“They (PIF) do not make knee-jerk decisions.”
The Independent also write that Newcastle are expected to oversee the summer transfer window under Mike Ashley’s control – despite the fact he’s believed to have ‘lost interest’ in the club (when was he ever interested?!) – but state a takeover is still expected to go through before the 2020/21 season begins.
With this in mind, it feels like there’ll have to be a compromise on both sides. The potential buyers may now know they’ll be unable to influence any new signings now the summer window is just days away from opening, however the current regime must crack on with transfer plans and ensure that we enter the 2020/21 season in a stable position after months of limbo threatened to cripple us even further.
So, this latest piece from a relatively credible national paper at least sheds some positive light on a potential deal after a few weeks of negativity, however it is worth saying that the buying side appear to have been very confident all this time – yet here we are four and a bit month later still waiting for a deicison!
Even if this summer ends up being a write off for potential new owners, let’s just hope we get rid of Mike Ashley once and for all and see this tedious takeover saga reach a positive conclusion before the new season kicks off!