Sheffield United owner Abdullah bin Musa’ad has commented on the ‘failed’ Saudi takeover, insisting that the PIF will be successful soon – whether that’s via a second bid for Newcastle United or elsewhere.
The Saudi prince also states that their £300m bid was “treated unfairly” by the Premier League, adding fuel to the fire ahead of Mike Ashley’s legal case against Richard Masters and Co.
Abdullah bin Musa’ad is a distant relative of Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince who chairs the PIF, so he could have an educated insight into how the Saudis are currently thinking regarding the deal.
Here is what he said over the weekend on the situation:
“The attempt to buy Newcastle has been treated unfairly by the English Premier League.
“There will be another successful attempt, whether for Newcastle or others.”
The Blades owner is a controversial figure, who commented on the bin Laden family back in 2019, saying that he would do business with the wealthy Middle East family and that they were not a ‘disgraced’ name. His elder half brother, Faisal bin Musa’ad, was beheaded in 1975 for assassinating the nation’s King at the time.
It would be a real kick in the cojones if the Saudis went and bought another club and transformed them into a dominant force in world football, although his comments suggest
They have already been linked with a potential pursuit of Italian giants AC Milan and if a move for a foreign club was successful, the Premier League would only have itself to blame.
The Saudis seem keen to launch themselves into the football world and it is a blessing that they have chosen Newcastle as their pathway into the game. However, it would be naive to think they are going to sit around forever as there are plenty of other alternatives that don’t require the stringent demands of the Premier League’s O&D tests.