The Sunday People (Neil Moxley – also published in Mirror Online) are reporting today something which is not surprising at all – Mike Ashley wants a lot more than £300M for Newcastle United.
The report is that Ashley initially wanted £320M for the club and that figure was then raised to £350M last December.
But that figure is now £400M for the club which finished in 10th place in the Premier League this month and will receive £123M from the Premier League.
But Amanda Staveley’s takeover of Newcastle is now almost dead, and it seems that Ms. Staveley cannot raise the extra money – or doesn’t want to.
And we have to remember it’s Sunday.
Mike Ashley – seems difficult and stubborn to work with
The report is that Staveley has been working on the deal for six months but cannot get an agreement with Ashley.
We wonder whether Mike Ashley really wants to sell the club at this time?
He could be wanting to sign Rafa Benitez for say two or three years and then the club will (very) likely be worth a lot more than £400M.
If we were to hazard a guess, we would say Rafa will still sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle, even under the current owner.
It’s difficult to imagine Ms. Staveley buying Newcastle now when she balked at the £300M price tag and the price is now £400M.
The People report is that Rafa wanted the takeover to happen and now there will be more doubt as to whether Benitez will want to stay at Newcastle.
But he’s not going to West Ham, with Manuel Pellegrini almost certain to be signing for them in the next day or two.
And there’s no way Rafa will want to go to Russia to manage Zenit St. Petersburg and be that far away from his family in the Wirral, Cheshire.
That’s the other club said to be after Mr. Benitez.
The danger is that Mike Ashley is so hard to work and not trustworthy that Rafa comes to the conclusion it will never work for him as long as Ashley owns Newcastle.
We are hoping that doesn’t happen, but Ashley has created another soap opera at Newcastle this summer – something that wasn’t necessary.