Lazio star Ciro Immobile has today made some very interesting comments about the Saudi consortium bidding to buy Newcastle United.
The £50m-rated striker who’s just scored a stunning 39 goals across 2019/20 states that his agent received a call from the potential buyers, also claiming that the consortium were looking at Max Allegri or Luciano Spalletti as a potential Steve Bruce replacement.
Here’s what he’s been quoted as saying to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport:
“During the period in which there was talk of the possible purchase of Newcastle by the Sheikh’s fund they called my agent, Alessandro Moggi.
“Then the Premier League did not approve that proposal, or the fund withdrew, I don’t remember well.
“I know they were also looking for an Italian coach, [Massimiliano] Allegri or [Luciano] Spalletti.”
Who knows what would’ve happened had the Premier League said ‘yes’ to the Owners and Directors test, however these are the sort of quotes that make you wonder ‘what if’…
The deal isn’t officially dead, with Ashley clearly a keen seller this time around and the buying side insisting in recent statements that they are keen to resurrect the deal, but it’s fair to say we are back to square one on that front and have now missed out on the potential summer splurge they could’ve overseen.
It says a lot that we are currently scrambling for loans and free agents while working within a £30m budget, where as the potential new buyers were eyeing up a move for a striker who scored more goals by himself (39) then we did as an entire team in 2019/20 (38)!