Date: 4th July 2019 at 4:00pm
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Mike Ashley is yet to receive a bid for Newcastle United, according to Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder.

The reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account on Thursday that is yet to hear much about the potential change of ownership at St James’ Park, but what he does know is that the Bin Zayed Group have not tabled an offer to Ashley.

Representatives of Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan have previously stated that they have “agreed terms” with Ashley after the Sun reported that the Magpies owner had sanctioned a £350million sale to the Abu Dhabi-based BZG.

However that no longer seems to be the case as no takeover offer has been received by the managerless Tyneside club.

OPINION

It’s not going to happen, is it? Salomon Rondon went, Rafa Benitez went, Ayoze Perez has now gone and one thing that would make all that better was if Ashley was to follow them out of the St James’ Park exit doors. However with the 2019/20 Premier League season just over a month away from kicking off, it would see that Newcastle will not be taken over by BZG. It takes a long time to complete a takeover due to the number of hurdles in the way of any potential buyer. If BZG were to table a bid now, the chances are that they won’t have enough time to have any impact on transfers or who the next manager will be until the season has kicked off. One thing that should make Newcastle fans cling onto hope is that there’s not been any real concrete approach for a new manager. Is Ashley holding off on that so that the next owners can decide the manager? Or is he doing that on purpose just to make the fans think that?