Finally, one of the longest running takeover sagas football has witnessed looks to be coming to an end, however, it is the ending many never expected.
After 18 months of talks, bids and government claims, Newcastle United appear to be on the brink of being sold to a Middle East consortium.
The news broke earlier today that Saudi Arabia is set to lift its ban on beIN SPORTS – which could in turn have huge ramifications for Newcastle prospective takeover.
The issue has been part of a dispute between Newcastle and the Premier League over a £300m takeover which collapsed in the summer of 2020.
But following today’s news, Newcastle insiders believe that the club’s takeover could now boil down to an out of court agreement between Mike Ashley and the Premier League.
That is according to ChronicleLive, who are reporting that Ashley now feels there is no reason why the deal can’t be pushed through.
And while many Newcastle fans will no doubt now be putting the champagne on ice, many football supporters, including Evertonians, will be asking themselves why and what next.
Why are a Saudi Arabia-financed consortium, led by Amanda Staveley, so keen to purchase Newcastle United?
And ultimately, and probably the most important question, what the hell happens next?
Although Financial Fair Play Regulations mean a Chelsea or Manchester City style takeover is unlikely, Newcastle will no doubt be stronger than they currently are moving forward.
Investment will no doubt lead to a push up the table and Everton will be joined by another side looking to break into the top four.
This comes just five years after the Blues had their own moment in the takeover sun when Farhad Moshiri purchased a 49.9% stake in the club.
But yet five years on and Everton still find themselves where they were back then in the Premier League table.
Millions have been spent, but sadly not in a productive manner, and FFP restrictions even prevented the club from splashing the cash in the summer transfer market.
At this very moment Evertonians could be forgiven for being concerned.
And in many ways they have every right to be, as at the end of the day this is another club looking to do exactly what they want to do, and with more financial clout to their name.
But as the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Evertonians know that better than most in football.
And amid all the concern and doom and gloom that can often come with these things, Evertonians can’t forget that they have their own reasons to be optimistic moving forward.
Farhad Moshiri has already invested around £450m into the club since his arrival, and has shown no signs of slowing down in that respect with future transfer spending already being spoken about.
While the Blues’ owner is also seeking to deliver a new state-of-the-art stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, something that is edging ever closer to fruition.
The club announced last week that they had completed their work on finding a new home for the marine life living on the site and transporting them to their new habitat.
That paved the way for the Blues to reveal on Friday that they had begun the process of infilling the dock, with sand being transported from Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea to conduct this stage of the project.
Over the next three months the Grade II listed dock, which is 325m long, 125m wide and 10m deep, will be infilled with more than 450,000 cubic metres of fluidised sand, via a pipeline connected to a dredger moored in the River Mersey.
These are things that Evertonians could have only dreamt about happening 10-years ago, now they are very much a reality, and in regards to the new stadium, very much within touching distance.
So while the takeover of Newcastle is obviously far from ideal, there are also plenty of reasons for those involved with Everton to be optimistic and excited about their own future.
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