Mike Ashley seems desperate to sell Newcastle United to PCP Capital Partners.
That was his plan last summer, only for the deal to be called off as the Premier League prolonged the Owners’ and Directors’ test.
That has forced the £305million takeover into a legal battle, all the while Newcastle struggle on the pitch.
But while the Magpies fight to stay in the Premier League, Ashley has reinstated his commitment to selling the club.
According to the Press Association, Ashley believes a deal has been agreed and all that is needed is approval from the Premier League.
However, relegation may complicate matters.
No assurances over takeover if Newcastle are relegated
The Chronicle claim that both the buyer and seller are willing to do business. However, ‘only time will tell‘ if that would be the case if Newcastle are relegated.
As it stands, the Magpies still remain outside the bottom three. However, that could change on Friday if Fulham triumph against Wolves.
The gap is currently three points, but Newcastle’s fate remains in their hands.
It really could be a make or break summer.
With no assurances over a takeover if we go down and Ashley solely focussed on selling to the Saudis, relegation could be even more catastrophic.
While Ashley’s commitment to Amanda Staveley and co shows his intent, his unwillingness to entertain any other interested party could prove disastrous if his legal battle fails.
Both on and off the pitch, Newcastle United are on the edge.