Mark Douglas has made a rather big claim about Mike Ashley and has also put a possible timestamp on when the proposed £300m takeover of Newcastle United by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group could be finalised.
Speaking on a video on his Facebook page, The Chronicle journalist claimed that it was “incredibly significant” that Ashley seemingly only wants to sell the Tyneside club to the Saudi-led consortium despite being told that he is just keen to sell to anybody.
Is the Saudi takeover of Newcastle saga over?
Douglas also went on to say that “nobody else is likely to get a look-in” in terms of taking over at St James’ Park, which pretty much ends any chance of American businessman Henry Mauriss or indeed the Bellagraph Nova (BN) group, led by former Magpies striker Michael Chopra, succeeding Ashley at the helm.
Ashley would like to use his contacts from the prospective sale to do further business in the KSA, an apparent reason for the chief executive of Sports Direct to only want to do business with them and no other consortium.
Douglas also put a possible timestamp on when exactly the whole dispute with Newcastle and the Premier League may end, as he predicted that it will be “weeks or months” before a potential takeover in the northeast may happen.
The journalist also claimed that the Saudi Arabians would come back at some point should their takeover bid completely collapse, adding that they have simply invested too much money to go away quietly.
Indeed, nobody will know the final outcome until the pending court case is finalised, but Douglas seemingly suggests that a takeover of NUFC is still possible by the KSA group.
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