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Newcastle legend warns club's proposed new owners they must spend big

por Omar Albers (2020-06-03)


Newcastle United are edging closer to a sensational takeover by some of the wealthiest individuals on the planet, but a club icon has warned of the huge spending commitments which lay ahead.

Fans' favourite Temuri Ketsbaia has welcomed the proposed buy-out, but feels the incomings owners must work especially hard and go as far as to pay players double their wages to move to the north east.

Ketsbaia knows what it takes to see Newcastle on the up, having signed for the club in the immediate aftermath of Kevin Keegan's failed title tilt of 1996/97. To get back to the same levels of competitiveness in the modern era, Ketsbaia says the cash must flow.






Newcastle icon Temuri Ketsbaia has welcomed the takeover but warns spending is needed







Mike Ashley is set to sell to a Saudi consortium involving Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman







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'If you want the best players, sure they want to earn the big money, but they want to live in London,' the former Georgia international told the Sun.

'If you want to bring a player to Newcastle, you maybe have to pay him double for his signature.

'This is what the new owners will face. But if you've got the money, why not? Sure they could challenge again for the title.'

Should the sale go through and Newcastle pass into the hands of the Saudi consortium headed by Mohammed bin Salman, ?????? they would instantly rocket into the bracket of the world's wealthiest sports clubs.






Ketsbaia feels the club will have a 'unique situation' of a loyal fanbase and bottomless riches


The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund group is believed to hold a net worth in the region of £320billion, a figure which puts even some of the most super-rich into line.

By comparison, Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is said to be worth £23.3bn, which shows the financial scale now being exhibited in the Premier League. 

Ketsbaia, now 52, added: "Newcastle is a huge club. They get 50,000 every game they play. It should be easy to build a team, because you need that support.

'If they also now have the money to go with it, it's a unique situation.'

Ketsbaia played 109 games for Newcastle after signing on a free from AEK and still regularly attends matches, with his daughter who remains living in the city to this day.






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Newcastle takeover latest: Ketsbaia warns Saudi owners they will pay DOUBLE to convince top stars to move to North East - The Sun