You’d think Michael Chopra would’ve gone into hiding by now when it comes to anything takeover related, however he’s now told FourFourTwo that there’s ‘more to come’ on the stalled Saudi bid.
The former Newcastle United striker also insists that the Bellagraph Nova Group’s takeover bid was ‘genuine’ – an offer he had an involvement in but one that stunk of a PR stunt.
Nevertheless, Chopra says that the BNG had proof of funds and a ‘sound business plan’ after submitting their £280m bid to Mike Ashley, only to hear nothing back from Ashley – which is unsurprising based on the photoshopped images, absurd Cristiano Ronaldo claims and revelations that the Singapore-based backers had been declared bankrupt!
Here’s what he’s had to say about both takeover bids:
“It was through contacts in Indonesia and Singapore that I became involved in the Bellagraph Nova Group’s takeover bid at Newcastle United last year.
“I won’t go into all the details. But that offer was genuine. It was shortly after the Saudis pulled out, which was something I’d become aware of weeks before it became public.
“The BNG Group lodged a £280m bid, had proof of funds and a sound business plan, but to cut a long story short, they got no reply from Mike Ashley’s lawyer. It was strange.
“We’ll see what happens with the Newcastle takeover – there’s more about the Saudi bid which hasn’t come out yet.”
Quite what he means in that last line is anyone’s guess – although his comments should be taken with a pinch of salt based on his premature takeover claims in the past and involvement in the farcical BNG ‘bid’.