Chelsea news: The Prime Minister alongside the UK’s Sport Minister have both been speaking about the country’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and the importance of it
Prime minister Boris Johnson has given his indirect approval to Saudi Media’s Chelsea takeover bid by talking about building a relationship between the UK and Middle Eastern partners.
This follows on from sports minister Nigel Huddleston’s recent claim about Saudi Arabia that will boost Saudi Media’s hopes of a £2.7billion bid to takeover from Roman Abramovich ahead of Friday’s deadline for offers to be submitted to US investment bank Raine Group.
Saudi Media, which is run by Mohamed Alkhereiji, says that it has no direct involvement with the Saudi state but earlier this week CBS Sports claimed that there is support in finding funding and partners (but not financial backing) from Mohammed bin Khalid Al Saud. Any direct involvement from Al Saud would lead to a conflict of interest that would not pass the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test because a group run by the Saudi state is already in charge at Newcastle United.
However, the consortium will be encouraged by what has been said by Johnson and Huddleston regarding the relationship the UK is trying to build with Saudi Arabia and the need for it to continue in a strong matter in the near and long-term future.
Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, the prime minister said: “Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are key international partners…We have long, long standing relationships with this part of the world and we need to recognise the very important relationship that we have.”
Huddleston, meanwhile, has recently said that he would welcome Saudi Arabian investment at a time when focus on Newcastle United’s owners have intensified further. “The UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is really important,” the sports minister told the Guardian. “Saudi Arabia is an important partner of the UK in investment, intelligence and culture.”
“We welcome Saudi Arabian investment. Many, many jobs in the UK are dependent on our relationship with the Saudis but we take the opportunity to talk frankly and openly with Saudi Arabia. We can have frank exchanges because of the nature of our relationship.”
These words will certainly come as a big boost to the Saudi Media group who are planning on submitting their official offer to the Raine Group by the Friday deadline but they now face stern competition from the Ricketts Family collaboration with £20bn Ken Griffin who have launched their bid out of nowhere.
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