Price agreed by Ashley is closer to £300m, rather than the original asking price of around £340m; If Premier League ratify deal, the prospective buyers are understood to have earmarked significant investment into the club.
This follows significant Companies House legal documentation that emerged on Tuesday morning, proving legal framework for a deal was being put in place by the two parties.
Supplementary documentation has led to claims Ashley is lending PCP money to help complete the deal. It has always been the case Ashley was willing to structure payments in a bid to reach a sale. The sale will be a cash deal, however that transaction will only take place once the Premier League has ratified the deal.
The price agreed by Ashley is closer to £300m, rather than the original asking price of around £340m and it is thought the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the value of the club.
The Saudi fund (PIF), controlled by Prince Mohammed bin Salman will hold 80 per cent of the club shares, while Amanda Staveley will hold 10 per cent of the shares and it is expected that she will play a key role in the running of the club.
The final 10 per cent will be controlled by billionaire brothers, David and Simon Reuben. They have significant property interests in the Newcastle area – including owning the city’s racecourse.
If the Premier League ratify the deal, the prospective buyers are understood to have earmarked significant investment into the club.
Talks have been under way with the Saudi wealth fund for the past 12 months, with the deal being codenamed Project Zebra – reflecting the famous Newcastle kit.
Legal documentation emerged on Companies House this morning, proving finance changing hands and also a legal framework being put in place for the sale of Newcastle United Football Club.
According to Companies House, Mike Ashley is set to aid Amanda Staveley and her consortium, which involves the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, to the tune of £150m, with that money then paid back to Ashley in instalments in years to come.
Sources directly involved in the deal have indicated to Sky Sports News that in fact, advanced talks are taking place between the two parties. We reported back in January those talks had started and that legal documentation on Tuesday proves the story that Newcastle could finally be sold.
Newcastle were refusing to comment on Tuesday morning and Ashley is out of the country on lockdown in America.