Sky Sports journalist Pete Graves had an interesting tweet earlier about the looming takeover bid of Newcastle by Sheikh Khaled.
The tweet referenced Sheikh Khaled’s failure to buy Liverpool last year. It also mentioned that Rafa Benitez is unaware of any fresh interest in Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez-Is he unaware of possible takeover?
If true this is a bit concerning as surely Rafa would be aware of a takeover bid that is as far along as being reported.
Here is Pete Graves’ tweet:
#nufc – interest from Abu Dhabi Royal Family confirmed. Club declining to comment on reports deal is “done”. Sheikh Khaled failed in takeover bid for #LFC (failed to provide proof of funds). It’s news to Rafa’s camp who were unaware of fresh interest. Latest on @SkySportsNews 1/2
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) May 27, 2019
The reference to Liverpool is a £2B deal that failed to materialize last year. While some reports claim that Sheikh Khaled was unable to offer proof of funds, Liverpool were most likely not for sale.
We are cautiously optimistic about these reports of a takeover.
However, we do emphasize the word “cautiously” as these are only reports with no definitive confirmations at the moment.
But, you could only leave it to Mike Ashley to have finally sold the club and not have bothered to tell Rafa Benitez about it.