Newcastle United sale: Peter Kenyon heads takeover consortium

Richarlison secures point for Everton

Richarlison secures point for Everton

Newcastle United fans are not getting too excited about this news, however, as they have been here before last season when Ashley was eager to sell before January.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says talks about selling the English Premier League club "are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been".

The sportswear tycoon revealed on Monday evening that he was in talks with several potential purchasers 14 months after placing the Magpies on the market, and voiced his hope that a deal could be done within weeks.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon is heading a consortium that is in talks to buy Newcastle United.

Although it is unknown whether an official bid has been submitted, it is believed that a possible deal with Kenyon and USA financial advisory firm Rockefeller Capital is what Ashley was hinting at.

Other suitors are also reported to be interested in the club, which Ashley formally put up for sale in 2017.

He is keen to finally offload the club at the third time of asking after a turbulent 11-and-a-half years on Tyneside which has seen him at odds with large sections of the Toon Army for much of his time in charge.

In the meantime, Benitez insisted as he prepared for Wednesday night's Premier League trip to Everton that it was "business as usual" and expressed his hope that his players would not be distracted by events behind the scenes. So that means I have nothing to say'.

"For us, we have experience of this. We have an important game to play and we have to focus on that", the Spaniard said.

"Our plans are to look for the (transfer) targets".

"We have been in this position in the past. We have to carry on".

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