Billionaire rules out Premier League takeover after looking at Newcastle United

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has ruled out buying a Premier League club.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 9:13 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 9:13 am

Speaking at the time, Ratcliffe’s brother Bob said: "You look at Newcastle, and we looked at a lot of clubs. You come back to a valuation in the hundreds of millions, and it’s difficult to contemplate.”

Ratcliffe’s Ineos group paid £88million for Nice, and he says he is no longer looking at English clubs.

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"We’re very comfortable with where we are with Nice, actually," Ratcliffe told BBC Sport. "It's going quite well. It's been quite interesting. We’re still learning, and it’s quite a challenging league in France with some very talented players."

Owner Mike Ashley put Newcastle up for sale in late 2017. Ashley values the Premier League club at upwards of £300million.