Newcastle United takeover: Sheikh Khaled and the other names linked with ending Mike Ashley's ownership
Sheikh Khaled's Bin Zayed Group is the latest name to linked with a takeover at Newcastle United - but who else has been touted with ending Mike Ashley's 12-year reign?
By Jordan Cronin
Saturday, 1st June 2019, 9:04 am
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Here, we look at EVERY takeover link since Ashley put the club up for sale again in October 2017. Click and scroll through the pages:
The Gazette received word on Prokhorov in October 2017. It proved a tricky complex, though, as he had to sell NBA basketball side Brooklyn Nets first. A takeover bid never did arrive for the Russian, who is reportedly worth 9bn.
In December 2018, it was claimed Ashley had been in the USA trying to complete a deal before his shock showing on Sky News. It was a saga that didnt last long as the Atlanta United owners representatives denied all knowledge.
Mootaz Chehade, a journalist at Vavel, sent Twitter into meltdown when he tweeted a Saudi investment were preparing a 'huge' bid. Unfortunately, it seemingly went no further than an exciting day on social media.
The Mexican companys chairman Alejandro Irarragorri confirmed on May 25, 2019, that his company were 'close' to buying an unnamed European side before completing a deal for Atlas FC. Reports in Mexico said it was NUFC.
The ex-Chelsea chief exec, for months, hit the headlines after stating he had every intention to submit a takeover bid. Since then, its gone quiet on the Kenyon front and was linked to a potential takeover at Bolton.
Talk of a bid from a Chinese consortium occurred in 2018 but it would prove to be nothing more than speculation. Perhaps a trip to the Asia Trophy in pre-season will attract investors?
Ulker - chairman of the company that supplies McVities - was reportedly willing to pay 220m but he soon denied their interest and the involvement of Tom McLoughlin, who claimed to be the family's representative in October 2017.
Staveley reportedly tabled three bids for the Magpies - ranging between 250million to 350million. While things looked rosy, Ashley pulled the plug in January last year, labelling it frustrating and a "complete waste of time".
According to reports, the Reuben family agreed to support Staveley and become co-investors. However, they havent been involved since her bids were rejected.
Sheikh Khaleds Bin Zayed Group have released two big statements this week, insisting they are close to sealing a 350m deal. Only time will tell as we await an official comment for NUFC.