Newcastle United's prospective summer buyers 'priced out' of deal by Mike Ashley

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley must lower his asking price for the club in order to secure a sale, according to publication Forbes.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 8:00 am
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 04: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley (R) in discussion with managing director Lee Charnley prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

A report on the magazine website claims United are overpriced at £350million – hence why Sir Jim Ratcliffe, known as Britain’s richest man, pulled out of negotiations to buy the club in the summer.

“Obviously people talked to us about Newcastle. But you come back to a valuation in the hundreds of millions and it's very difficult to contemplate,” said Bob Ratcliffe, chief executive of chemical firm INEOS – who could have been NUFC’s new owners had they been priced more competitively.

The report states: “While what he said paints a picture of an inflation issue within the Premier League itself, it goes to prove what many of Ashley’s critics have said; he is pricing himself, or more pertinently, Newcastle, out of a deal.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle were reported to have the 38th most valuable squad on the planet last week – here’s how that value is broken down, player-by-player.

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