The Newcastle takeover finally looks set to be completed. Owner Mike Ashley was close to selling the club back in 2017 to the same Saudi buyers, but an agreement over the price could not be reached. This time, to the relief of Newcastle fans, the businessman is happy with what he is getting in return. The deal is rumoured to be around the £300m mark.
The buyers are a mega-rich Saudi consortium consisting of several huge investors including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Should the purchase go ahead as expected, Newcastle would become the richest club in the Premier League. And we’ve seen what money can do for a club! Therefore, great things are expected of the Magpies over the next few seasons.
Bookies have priced up some interesting markets around the takeover. We’ve picked out our favourites here.
Newcastle United Buying Power – To Spend than £100m on Any Player before 31st Jan 2021
Before looking at all the specials relating to what Newcastle may win in the next few seasons, fans will be wondering what new faces will be coming in. Newcastle are a Premier League side that have a loyal group of supporters, but it still won’t be that easy to coax big names.
The Magpies haven’t won a major trophy in the open era of football, and last played in Europe back in 2012/13. Still, money talks and with the right offer, they could tempt a rising star to their ranks.
Striker Joelition cost the club £40m in the last summer transfer which is a club-record transfer fee. Fans will be expecting that to be smashed in upcoming windows with bookies seemingly agreeing.
Paddy Power are currently offering odds of 11/4 (3.75) for the new buyers to spend over £100m on any player before the 31st of January 2021. The way the current market is you get the feeling that this might not be as outrageous as it sounds and could actually be a value bet.
Newcastle Takeover: Top Five Betting Specials
|To spend over £100m on any player before Jan '21||Paddy Power||11/4 (3.75)|
|Win the League, FA or EFL Cup in next 2 seasons||Paddy Power||7/2 (4.5)|
|To Finish in the Top 6 in the 20/21 season||Paddy Power||4/1 (5.0)|
|To win the Premier League in any of next 5 seasons||Paddy Power||15/2 (8.5)|
|To Finish in the Top 4 in the 20/21 season||Paddy Power||14/1 (15.0)|
*Odds correct at time of writing with Paddy Power
Newcastle to finish in the Top 6 in the 2020/21 Premier League Season
It’s hard not to compare with Manchester City who were in a similar boat to Newcastle before they were taken over in 2008. The Sky Blues have gone on to win the league four times since in the subsequent 12 years, with a lowest final position of fourth in the last nine seasons. No doubt the Newcastle fans will be expecting the same, but will it happen?
It all depends on what business they can do in the windows. A manager that can attract talent is likely at the top of their list with Steve Bruce set to be relieved of his duties. Depending on who they put at the helm will have a bearing on where the club will finish. Check out the top candidates here.
The Premier League is a highly competitive league with a ‘big six’ largely holding on to the top spots. Therefore, it would need to take something special for Newcastle to get into that. With only one or two transfer windows to work within, it seems unlikely. On top of that, Manchester City finished 10th in their first season following the takeover.
Because of that, we don’t see much value in the 4/1 (5.0) on offer at Paddy Power – but you never know.
Newcastle to win the FA Cup or EFL Cup in the 20/21 Season
Bringing a trophy home for the new buyers would be a big achievement for whoever is leading Newcastle next season. Therefore, this is a very interesting market. We find it more appealing than the Premier League finish markets as they could really go all out to try and land one of these. Priced at 12/1 (13.0) with Paddy Power, we’re tempted.
Newcastle to win the Premier League in any of the next 5 Seasons
For this market, we’re drawing comparisons with Manchester City again. The Cityzens lifted the Premier League trophy during the fourth season after their takeover. And have never looked back since. If Newcastle manage to find a brilliant striker such as Sergio Aguero then they do, of course, have a chance of winning. Five years is plenty of time for the rich owners to pick and choose who they want to bring to the club, so we think there could be some value here.
If you like the look of this long-term bet, you can get 15/2 (8.5) with Paddy Power
Newcastle to win the Premier League, FA Cup or EFL Cup in the Next 2 Seasons
In our opinion, this market offers the most value. This is because they have plenty of chances to do so. The league seems like a bit of a stretch but winning a domestic trophy in two years is a reasonable request. There are two full seasons to really go for a win in one of these tournaments so at 7/2 (4.5) with Paddy Power, you could be on to a winner.
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Newcastle Takeover Specials FAQs
🥇 Q: How Much Did Ashley Sell Newcastle for?
A: Reportedly £300m.
✅ Q: Where did Newcastle finish in the League last season?
A: They finished 13th in the 2018/19 season.
⚽ Q: Who is Newcastle’s record signing?
A: Joeliton. The Brazilian joined in the summer of 2018/19 from German side Hoffenheim for £40m.