There’s a very interesting report from Arab News which talks about Amanda Staveley’s interest in buying Newcastle United, although they stress that Amanda is still interested in other clubs in the Premier League.
They report that Amanda told them last June she was looking at five different clubs in the Premier League from a financial viewpoint, with an interest to buy one of them.
But it does seem that she could have zoned in on Newcastle United as her possible choice for the purchase.
She will be the principal owner of the Tyneside club if the takeover is successful.
Rafa Benitez – knows lots of people in football
This is some of the report published yesterday in Dubai:
“Staveley attended a football match in Newcastle last weekend as the guest of Rafa Benitez, the manager, signaling her interest in a possible takeover of the club.”
“Ashley has said on several occasions that he would be a willing seller of Newcastle, which he has owned since 2007, at the right price.”
“Staveley was earlier this year linked with a much bigger deal for Liverpool Football Club, where she was marginally involved in an abortive takeover by Dubai investors in 2007.”
“She was also said to be interested in doing a deal with Tottenham Hotspur, the north London club.”
“She told Arab News in June that she saw English football as an “attractive investment,” but is believed to have grown interested in Newcastle since then.”
“A source said that there were five clubs that she was analyzing from a financial point of view.”
One the of biggest “assets” we have at the club is manager Rafa Benitez.
Rafa is very ambitious for Newcastle but that ambition doesn’t seem to be shared by Mike Ashley.
If somebody like Amanda took over the club and supported Rafa financially and essentially let him run the club from a footballing viewpoint there would be no stopping Newcastle United.
So if Rafa is involved with Amanda in that he invited her to the game that could be good for the chances of a Newcastle United takeover.
And the news on Monday was that she had met with Rafa after the game on Sunday when we drew 1-1 with Liverpool.
Rafa has contacts with many people in football presumably including those who can do deals to buy Premier League clubs.
But what we don’t know is what Mike Ashley is thinking and he could kill the whole thing by saying he doesn’t want to sell the club.
That would not be good.