Sheffield United could be close to a takeover with the Sheffield Star reporting that talks are at an ‘advanced stage’ with the potential buyer.
Although there is no news on who that buyer is and the club has yet to comment, Yorkshire Live broke the exclusive story earlier in the day that Prince Abdullah had indeed agreed to sell the Blades.
Speculation has started to swirl already on who the new owner could be. We’ve written our own ‘what we know’ piece on that information here.
Interestingly, building on Prince Abdullah being in the Middle East for the World Cup this winter, the Sheffield Star reports how talks are thought to have been held with parties in that region. However, there is also mention of interest from Asia, while United see the American market as great place to sell as well.
Regardless of who the bidder is, though, The Star writes how the talks are understood to be at an advanced stage.
United, then, might well have new owners in place by the time the festive fixture lists are completed and the January window opens.
Sheff U News View: New owners have a lot to live up to
There was a period where a lot of United fans would happily have seen Prince Abdullah leave the club. But since those opinions were doing the rounds, you have to say Prince Abdullah deserves credit.
He’s spent money on the squad (earned from promotion), managed to keep key players and has kept out of day to day running of the club in a good way.
Whoever does come in as part of this prospective Sheffield United takeover will have a lot to live up to. We’ve seen new owners ruin clubs in the past. As Blades fans, we can only hope the new party is similar or better to Prince Abdullah.
A timely boost of funds ahead of January, too, won’t be the worse thing in the world.