The prospective Newcastle takeover took another turn today, when the Bin Zayed Group released a statement to clarify the current position.
The new update – which we reported on earlier – was released due to the mounting speculation. It is largely positive and is sure to see excitement among fans build.
The group claim “terms have been agreed” between the two parties, but they intriguingly add that there is a “document signed by both parties” and has been submitted to the Premier League.
They also say proof of funds was forwarded to Mike Ashley’s lawyers on April 17 – contradicting some reports which claimed no such proof had been submitted.
They finish off by saying they are doing all they can to assist the Premier League with the fit-and-proper process.
Fans are starting to demand answers from the club
Sky Sports’ Pete Graves tweeted about the update, and it certainly prompted a huge response.
Fresh statement of intent from Bin Zayed Group. Still no official comment from #nufc. Still plenty of doubt/ caution in some quarters as a result of clubs stance. FWIW I believe statement IS true (ie contact made with PL and proof of funds sent to MA lawyers). We wait… #SSN
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) May 29, 2019
In light of the explicit claims in the group’s statement, and conflicting reports, it seems that an official comment is needed from Newcastle United, the Premier League or Ashley himself, as fans have been quick to point out.
The club have got to say something now Pete surely..
— Daniel (@danjpeg) May 29, 2019
— Hardik Dave (@thefundamental7) May 29, 2019
Why do the premier league not confirm then, thought they denied any documentation had been received? But acknowledged knowing about the potential offer. Why not just say.
— Lee (@Leeroysten59) May 29, 2019
Two different stories coming from NUFC and the Bin Zayed Group, I have a feeling the proof of funds that was sent in April wasn't convincing enough, I will only believe once it is actually done
— Michael Wilson (@mickywils) May 29, 2019
Once nufc confirm what they’re saying I’ll feel a lot more relaxed
— chris coulter (@chris_coulter87) May 29, 2019
🤞🏻🤞🏻 Just waiting on the pl or nufc releasing a statement denying all knowledge of this now
— Chris (@CDBell_88) May 29, 2019
Surely #Nufc have to release a statement now? It's D-Day whether this all true or not.
— Matthew Balmforth (@Matt_Balm) May 29, 2019