With all the various reports on the takeover over the last couple of days, things are in a confused state to say the least, but it could be that Amanda Staveley will buy Newcastle for £300M once the club is safe from relegation.
The Telegraph is reporting today that Newcastle could be bought by Amanda Staveley if she increases her current £250M bid – which has no clauses in it – up to £300M.
Luke Edwards is reporting that’s the price Ashley would accept for a straight cash deal – with the money all paid up front – and no clauses in the bid.
That seems possible, but there will be no bid made until Newcastle are safe from relegation.
If Newcastle do get say 40 points and are mathematically safe from relegation, that’s when things will hot up again on the takeover front.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
That could be as early as late April but more likely the end of the season.
At that time, if we are still a Premier League club, then if Amanda increases her offer by a mere £50M – 20% of her latest bid – then her group will be able to buy Newcastle.
Then she could give Rafa £100M to spend in the next two transfer windows and Rafa will also be able to use funds he gets in by selling players.
That seems like the simplest way the deal can go through before the summer.
However, if we are relegated things will get a lot more difficult.
Ms. Staveley may still want to buy Newcastle for a reduced price – but she will also want Rafa to remain as manager.
It would be difficult to convince Rafa to spend a second season down below so although she may still want to buy Newcastle it would be without Rafa Benitez.
She probably wouldn’t bother in that case and then we’d be back in the football wilderness