No Help For Rafa From Potential New Owners – Has The Takeover Ruse Worked?

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.

Mission accomplished.

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.

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8 comments so far

  • sickandtired

    Jan 16, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Which ‘consortia’? The only person mentioned is Kenyon, and he can’t even raise the asking price let alone come with investment funds. Repeating this bollo@ks week in and out is not helping anyone except Ashley..

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Remember that time we were struggling and we signed all the French players in over a week in a window?

    Come on Mike make it happen!!

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 16, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Rob I remember the deep heat well. Them was the days. I didn’t hear the stuff about Ashley on the Irish radio station. Was watching the Blackburn game. On my own in the back room of a local pub. Dedicated fan yer knaa

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 16, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    IF Fat Ashley doesn’t sell this year somebody should seriously be lacing his big macs would cyanide.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 16, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #5

    There won’t be any signings this window. Ashley will gamble the relegation. It doesn’t matter for him if we get relegated as long as we bounce back within 2 seasons it’s fine for him.

  • Ozzy

    Jan 16, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6

    @Lee Charnley Bunga Party
    Those were Goofy, Sissoko, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa. Who was the fifth, I don’t remember.

  • Ozzy

    Jan 16, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Now I rememebered, it was Debuchy.

  • mactoon

    Jan 16, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #8

    If there was a credible takeover bid in process there is nothing preventing the two parties agreeing for Ashley to pay for players the incoming owners wanted with an agreement that if the purchase didn’t go ahead Ashley would be reimbursed so that’s all nonsense.


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