The Chronicle (Mark Douglas) are reporting the time when new owners could fund Rafa in this January transfer window has almost run out.
Given that it will take at least two weeks for the Premier League to approve any new deal Ashley will still be the new owner in February, and therefore it is up to him to fund Newcastle or not fund Newcastle in this January.
If this month is anything like the previous two winter transfer windows, he will decide not to fund Rafa other than to allow a few players to possibly come in on loan.
But the owner is again taking a risk if no players are brought in – and Newcastle could still be relegated in May, and if that happens, the price of Newcastle will be cut in half – at the very least.
Their faces reflect the state of Newcastle United FC
Other clubs in relegation trouble will definitely be trying to strengthen their squads before February rolls around.
As just one example – Sky Sports are reporting that Cardiff City are close to acquiring Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, with Cardiff bidding £18M for the player.
The striker is reported to have pulled out of the Nantes squad for tonight’s game against Nimes in light of the possible sale.
The four consortiums are still nowhere near to coming up with the £300M Ashley is demanding for the club.
So when Ashley made such a big deal that he was close to selling the club in early December and that it could be sold before the end of last month – that ruse seems to have done its job.
Ashley will now be able to say he’s not going to invest in a club he is close to selling.
Yes – that’s cynical – but close to the truth with Ashley.
It’s also not helpful for selling Newcastle when we are in the relegation zone and could possibly be a Championship club in May.
If we can quickly move up the table by the end of next month that would help one of the consortia to bid an acceptable amount to Mike Ashley.
But it’s got to be doubtful there will be any sale before the summer.