Date: 30th January 2020 at 12:10pm
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Taking to Twitter amid the takeover saga currently engulfing Newcastle United, Professor Simon Chadwick – who is Professor of Sports Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Sports Business at Salford University – claimed he’d done some digging around the likelihood of the Saudi Arabian state buying the Magpies. 

Indeed, with the country’s Public Investment Fund strongly linked with a move to finally take over from Mike Ashley after 12 years on Tyneside, Chadwick suggested that those he’d spoken to hinted those from the Middle East were claiming they had the money to buy Manchester United, potentially making a move to acquire the Toon somewhat pointless.

Still, it has previously been reported by the Independent that they did indeed try to purchase the Red Devils but were knocked back, potentially sparking their interest in Newcastle.

So, amid this latest take on what is turning into another saga, here’s how fans on Twitter reacted to Chadwick’s comments.

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