Lee Charnley has made a rather big claim on the proposed takeover of Newcastle United as he said (via Keith Downie) “never say never” regarding the prospective £300m deal between Mike Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group after the buying side withdrew their official bid.
The managing director of the Tyneside club also made it clear that the chief executive of Sports Direct is fully committed to the deal, but added that the current focus in the northeast must now be to support Steve Bruce in the transfer market and to prepare well for the 2020/21 season.
Downie also confirmed that this is the first time that the Magpies have officially spoken out on the record since the takeover was agreed with the Saudi Arabian consortium all the way back in April.
While this doesn’t say much, it’s the very first time Newcastle United have spoken on the record since the deal was agreed with the Saudi consortium back in April #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 31, 2020
While many members of the Toon Army are still trying to cope with the collapse of the deal, perhaps this will give them some sort of hope that it could potentially be reawakened.
The Saudis were frustrated with the Premier League and its CEO Richard Masters for taking so long to decide on whether they were going to approve of the bid or not, and in the end they pulled the plug on their own deal.
Indeed, with the new season fast approaching and with the summer transfer window officially open, there was a lot of uncertainty at St. James’ Park over how exactly to prepare for it, with the takeover still in the pipeline.
Nevertheless, while it seems to be over for now, Charnley has at least given some hope to Newcastle fans that it could be back on.
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