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George Caulkin provides latest update on Newcastle United takeover

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While all the attention has been diverted to Liverpool in the media following their Premier League title win, it seems everything is still in a stalemate in regards to the Newcastle United takeover saga.

Earlier this week, multiple reports claimed that the Premier League will finally give the green signal for the takeover to go through after Saudi Arabia authorities have taken strong measures to counter piracy in the state.

So, where does it stand at the moment? Who are involved in the dealings? To what effect is ‘the club’ involved in the dealing process as some journalists like Duncan Castles has claimed that Newcastle, the club, are not confident of it going through.

The Athletic journalist, George Caulkin, in a series of tweets, has answered all of those questions. He said that ‘the club’ are the last to know anything as the dealings have been going on between Mike Ashley and the Staveley camp.

He clarified in the following tweet that the club could be seen as an eponymous of Mike Ashley, but in truth, it is effectively Lee Charnley who is involved in the day to day running of the club, and he is not directly involved in the takeover process.

Caulkin has also clarified that the Premier League is doing all the dealings with the seller (effectively Ashley’s lawyers & Barnes) and they are putting forth questions to the Staveley camp. It’s standard practice.

Finally, he says that the would-be owners are just waiting around for an official confirmation.

Mike Ashley has already agreed a £300m deal to sell Newcastle, and a part payment has already been made, which is non-refundable.

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