After a day dominated by a WTO report and more piracy debate, the Newcastle takeover takes another twist.
Henry Mauriss has been lingering in the background for a while now, seemingly waiting in the wings for a chance to buy the club if Amanda Staveley’s attempts go awry.
And according to reports, the American has now officially made a bid for the club.
The Chronicle state that the offer is worth £350million, £50million more than the offer from PCP Capital Partners. They add that Mauriss wants to be in charge before the new season kicks off.
What does this mean?
The timing of this is curious. It’s interesting that pretty much every journalist who covers Newcastle knew about the offer at the same time.
Where did the information come from, the prospective buyer or the seller?
Has the information been leaked to the press in an attempt to put pressure on the Premier League?
Staveley’s takeover attempt has been surrounded by controversy, simply because of the involvement of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has put pressure on the deal, while the question of piracy in the country has threatened the derail the takeover completely.
That’s what yesterday’s WTO report was about, assessing whether or not Saudi Arabia are behind pirate channel BeoutQ.
It’s become a political battle between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the decision on the takeover still remains with the Premier League.
An offer from another party throws another spanner in the works.
Will the Premier League make the difficult decision to reject PCP Capital Partners’ attempt to buy the club and instead move on to Mauriss’ bid? It might be favourable for them, as it would eliminate the controversial Saudi Arabian involvement.
As always, a Newcastle takeover story is never simple. It will drag on and on, with more twists and turns than an F1 track.
In other news, the Magpies are actually back playing football on Sunday, so that will be a welcome distraction from the takeover debacle.