The unbelievable saga of Mike Ashley’s attempts to sell Newcastle United Football Club goes on and on and on.
The latest “big” player is said to be a company called Bellagraph Nova which seems to have former Toon striker Michael Chopra as one of its leading faces – the first red flag for me!
They have also bandied Alan Shearer’s name about as being involved with the deal. However, according to The Telegraph the NUFC icon and all-time leading goal scorer has already distanced himself from the claims. Another worrying sign, suggesting a lot of lies are being fed to the press.
Here’s what The Telegraph have had to say:
“Sources close to the Newcastle and Premier League legend on Monday night denied any involvement with BNG, although the firm’s claim of a similar association with another former Magpies striker, Michael Chopra, did stack up.”
“In going public on Sunday with its plans to buy Newcastle, the company issued a redacted copy of what it said is a letter of intent submitted for Ashley’s consideration.”
“That letter is signed by the firm’s chief global marketing and investor relations officer, Nereides de Bourbon, who told Telegraph Sport on Sunday night that discussions with Ashley were on-going.”
It gets worse – or better if you believe what’s coming next is true (which I HIGHLY doubt!).
Their global marketing officer has told The Telegraph they’ve been in “direct contact” with Cristiano Ronaldo…
He also said BNG planned to sign the calibre of player of Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming the firm was in “direct contact” with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”
Considering they claim to be “serious”, this is another element of their story that doesn’t really sit right.
Sky Sports Keith Downie, a man that definitely has his finger closer to the pulse than most and is a committed journalist that wants the same as the fans for the club, has also been quoted as saying the following about the deal:
“Still big question marks regarding Bellagraph Nova’s claims they’ve bid £280m to buy NUFC.
“I’m always sceptical of anything that’s made public so freely & quickly. But Mike Ashley’s lawyers have held talks with BN, and I’ve seen documentation that supports their claims.”
“The docs contain £280m offer, letter of intent, and 29-page document with detailed financials. However, that £280m offer falls short of what Ashley values the club. NUFC have yet to formally react.”
A bid that’s too low and it’s all going public – something that never feels like a good sign in our bid to find genuine new owners.
The Mirror chips in with its two cents worth by saying this.
“The BN Group have said they are “serious people” and have offered below the asking price in the hope they will have more money to spend on “top level players.”
Well,, make of that what you want, but I for one and struggling to see this as anything other than either a big PR move or an amateurish attempt to buy the club that won’t end well.
Let’s hope I’m wrong because I don’t think any of us can stomach another sickening takeover saga!