Analysis: Takeover talk starts to fade at Newcastle with Ashley preparing to stay for 13th season

10 June 2019

Photo: Getty Images With reports of a potential new owner at Newcastle anything seemed possible for the fans – like signing French superstar Kylian Mpappé - but they have since come back down to earth.

Sports Direct signs taken down at St James’ Park will be replaced with new Sports Direct signs in preparation for new season.

Club hopeful that Benitez will sign new contract as current deal nears end despite uncertainty over buyout.

“I don’t care if we don’t get taken over by the filthy rich,” read a Tweet posted on 28th May.

“I don’t for one second regret getting carried away. There was a moment in my lifetime when Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Ramos were 25/1 to sign for Newcastle United. That’s more than enough for me!”

The Tweet came in the midst of another frenzy in the north-east of England, when, for the first time, Newcastle had been linked with a £350 million takeover by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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