Staveley’s £1.5B Liverpool Offer Rejected – Negotiating With Newcastle – Still Could Be Problems

The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National had a report out yesterday that Amanda Staveley led a failed attempt to buy Liverpool for £1.5B.

But that bid was turned down by the American owners Fenway Sports Group who bought Liverpool for £300M back in October of 2011.

The negotiations started last year in April and Liverpool turned down the offer only last month.

Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are also the current owners of the Boston Red Sox who play at Fenway Park.

The reason FSG  turned the colossal offer down was they believe – because of the economic outlook for the English Premier League regarding TV rights locally and worldwide – they can get an even better price in the future.

Amanda Staveley – leading bid to buy Newcastle

With the global TV rights expected to increase rapidly over the next six years, FSG believes the club was undervalued at £1.5B.

Well – would you believe it!

Global companies such as Facebook and Amazon are getting involved to potentially stream games in the latest set of negotiations for next year’s auction of Premier League broadcasting rights – both domestic and global.

The current three-year TV rights deal is for £5.1B, and that’s expected to increase maybe by 50% (or more) for the next three-years which will start in the summer of 2019.

The report points out that regarding Premier League club values –  rivals Manchester United are currently valued at around £2.7B by global professional services company KPMG.

Let’s hope Mike Ashley does not read the report.

Staveley’s consortium is led by her company PCP Capital Partners and also includes Arabian Gulf and Chinese investors.

It adds that Staveley watched Newcastle’s recent home game against Liverpool on October 1st and it was at that game that she decided that Newcastle United could be a good buy.

She is said to be willing to offer £300M with at least £150M for player investment.

Let’s hope that Mike Ashley doesn’t now stall on selling the club.

He will now know that if he supports Rafa Benitez and holds onto the club for a few more years as owner, then Newcastle’s value could be so much higher than the £400M he wants at the moment.

That’s the first thing we thought about when we read the report in the National.

However, on the positive side of things, if Ashley still wants £400M for Newcastle, it seems that Amanda Staveley will be willing to pay that.

That’s because of the recent Liverpool failure, and the fact that huge money will continue to be paid to broadcast Premier League games around the world.

Newcastle are in a very good position at the moment.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • shear-class

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #1

    1.5 billion bid was denied last night by liverpool chairman

  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Carr monitered Dele Alli from the age of 10
    Spurs got wind and hijacked the deal

    No hesitation on our part as the myth makers
    will tell you.

    The kid opted for North London from Milton Keynes.

    Same with Abraham he opted to go with a coach he’d worked
    with as a bairn at Chelsea – Paul Clements
    That’s why Rafa was livid
    He’d thought he’d done a good selling job on the kid

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    If he doesn’t sell this season Rafa will leave and we’ll be relegated and not worth much more than any other top Championship club. Sell, sell, sell.

  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Apparently PCP Partners
    as well as middle eastern funds
    have Chinese investment as well
    so we could have really strong mixed investment
    if they emerge as victors.

    Some ex Toonies like Shay Given who hear stuff
    from the club grapevine are getting really excited now.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Liverpool undervalued @£1.5b – ha. The way they’re going they’re over valued @ £1m so no one in their right mind is going to invest in them.
    As to £500m for NUFC that’s incorrect as surely any investment in future player transfers comes after acquisition and is not a condition of it.
    Ashley it is suggested wants to sell and needs to sell to raise capital for his London property ventures so while it’s a negotiation the balance of the deal lies with the buyer, not the seller unless he just becomes belligerent at which point the shrewd investor will walk away which he can’t afford.
    Therefore you have to believe that the price to deal is over £300m but less than £350m .
    New Newcastle or old has been Liverpool – the futures bright the future is black and white.

  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #6
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #7


    If you talk to well informed Liverpool fans they will tell you that Alli actually is/was aLiverpool fan and Rogers had been talking to him for a while before Spurs came in – think the reality is no one knows the proper story.

  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #8

    By gum Mitro looks a lot leaner !!!

  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #9

    As well as the property deal which someone mentioned.

    Ashley has a deal with Goldman Sachs to take up a
    share option on Debenhams before years end.

  • sparky55

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #10

    HAHAHAHA…just read about Merson predicting a win…what I’m gonna say now is the gods honest truth…

    I was down at Rockcliffe Hall on Monday and we bumped into Charlie Nicolas and Kami and a load of old pros from Middlesbrough past and present who were there for a charity golf match. We cornered Kami who for the record is just as daft in real life as he is on the tele …top bloke and very funny and predicting a 7-8th league position finish for the toon.

    When walking to the driving range I was chatting with Charlie Nicolas and his debut against Liverpool for Arsenal and just as he was about to go for his warm up I said…

    “One last thing Charlie…tell Mers if he doesn’t predict us for a win at least once this season then me and my mate are coming down to the sky studios and we’re gonna drug him with some horse tranquillisers and tattoo NUFC across his forehead”

    He let out a raucous laf and said…”it’s not that he doesn’t like newcastle…he just doesn’t fancy them but if they do well he’s always pleased for them…but yes I’ll tell him and don’t be surprised if he predicts a win” and left chuckling away to himself.

    and lo and behold Mers predicts a win…p!ss funny! 🙂 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Like Expat I do find it odd that the media knows nothing about the other 4 consortia who are suppose to have signed NDA, but they know of every move Amanda Staveley…

    …to quote a famous tv show “you know nothing the English media”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #12

    He was livid because they messed around negotiating the loan fee and Swansea swooped, he specifically states this when pointing out that he tried to show them how to do things on the cheap but they made mistakes. As for Delle Alli, the saga went on long enough to suggest it wasn’t him struggling to decide to join us or not, we were poised to sign him for weeks before he went to Spurs.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #13

    That was actually a fun story Sparky

  • Markaccus

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #14


    There is an English Journalist called Jon Snow, which makes your comment twice as funny. Good work!

  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail you hate the regime and will always believe the worst
    possible spin put on anything to do with it

    Did you see the info I posted on S8 unwanted ads last night ?

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #16

    I understand that Ashley is said to be keen on moving his interests into property development, but I’m still a little surprised he is willing to sell now, just as the goose is about to lay a golden egg. I suppose though the extra telly money won’t necessarily mean staying in the league, because everyone will be spending massively, so Ashley would still be dipping into his own pocket from time to time to satisfy Rafa or or even on occasion keep us up. So will the new owners. You really do hope they have deep pockets and a desire to compete for trophies, not just stay in the league, like two thirds of the clubs currently do.

  • sickandtired

    Oct 27, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #17

    @Jimmy – what’s this nonsense about Ashley dipping into his pocket? He’s never dipped into his own money for buying players.
    The 144 million now owed to him is for the original existing debt he took over and self refinanced, as well as his self inflicted relegation costs AND 29 million he repaid himself.
    Of the 33 million loan from St James’ Holdings (Ashley) in December, 18 million went straight back to Ashley himself.


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