Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra has broken his silence on the Bellagraph Nova (BN) Group’s bid to take over at St James’ Park.
The ex-Cardiff City and Sunderland player tweeted: “Wondering if MA really wants to sell NUFC.”
Wondering if MA really wants to sell NUFC
— Michael Chopra (@MichaelChopra) August 31, 2020
Indeed, this comes after Mike Ashley reportedly called off talks with the BN Group and Henry Mauriss and accepted that he will be the owner in the northeast once again ahead of the new season.
Chopra had reportedly brought a £280m bid from the BN Group, which was co-founded by businesswoman Evangeline Shen and the Singaporean cousins Nelson and Terence Loh, to the table of the Sports Direct chief executive, but it seems as if Ashley has turned it down, leaving Chopra wondering as to whether he really wants to sell up on Tyneside.
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Mauriss was also reportedly in talks with Ashley over trying to get a takeover over the line, but it looks as if the current owner of the Magpies has rebuffed any further discussions and is set to remain at the club.
With the new season just around the corner, coupled up with the summer transfer window being open until 5 October, perhaps it is unsurprising that Ashley has now taken this stance as he looks to get Newcastle in the best possible shape so that they are fully focused on the campaign ahead.
Nevertheless, it will surely come as a disappointment to many fans wearing the famous black-and-white stripes that any hopes of a takeover being completed in the near future look to be drifting by the day.
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