There’s a report in the Times today that Amanda Staveley is still keen to complete the Newcastle takeover before the end of January – presumably, so she can give Rafa some money to strengthen the side and keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
The report also says that Staveley is giving Mike Ashley two weeks to decide on whether he wants to sell Newcastle to the consortium she has put together.
As we have reported the deal seems to be at an impasse on the price with the two sides unable to agree.
And much like the other two times, Mike Ashley has tried to sell the club he has not received the offer he wants for Newcastle.
The Times is reporting Staveley has made an offer of £250M to buy Newcastle with an upfront payment, but it still contains at least the relegation clause in the deal.
With Newcastle having picked up just one point from the last 18 it’s only sensible that a relegation clause is in the offer and it probably wouldn’t be there if Ashley had given Rafa the funds to bring in some decent players this summer.
Amanda Staveley – has given Ashley a take it or leave it offer
Ashley has invested around £262M in Newcastle after initially buying the club for £134M in May of 2007, so he would almost get his money back with this offer.
The Times is saying that Staveley has given Ashley an ultimatum because she will not increase her offer much above £250M with Ashley reported wanting closer to £400M.
It’s reported as a “take it or leave it” offer, and if that’s true we think Ashley will leave it.
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) December 5, 2017
As we have mentioned this is looking too much like the other two times Ashley tried to sell the club.
If this report is true and the offer is tunred down then Amanda Staveley could pull out of the deal.
And Ashley could eventually take the club off the market and say he didn’t get any reasonable offers and then stay on as the owner.
Amanda Staveley knows the fans desperately want Mike Ashley out of the club and Staveley in as the new owner.
This seems a reasonable attempt to buy Newcastle after the talks have gone on and on – with no agreement even reached on price.
Nothing much seems to have been accomplished over the last two or three weeks.
Ashley will not like this – always assuming the report is accurate – because it seems to have been leaked to the press.
It will be a complete disaster for Newcastle fans and the club itself if Ashley does not accept this offer.
Its the first and only offer he has received, so Amanda Staveley is at least honest in wanting to buy the club.
Ashley could eventually take the club off the market and remain as the owner.
That could happen.
What do you think?