How Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham deals compare today amid £300m Newcastle takeover – Football.London

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will be casting eyes over to the north east, with Newcastle’s takeover reportedly close to being completed.

Current owner Mike Ashley appears close to selling his controlling stake of the club to a Saudi Arabian consortium for a fee expected to be in the region of £300m.

Should the takeover go through as expected, it would see a long-awaited deal finally completed, with Ashley having been attempting to sell the club for a number of years.

Of course, it will take time for the Magpies to really feel the benefit of the move, with Premier League rules dictating that owners are not permitted to just pump money into the club as they see fit.

Nevertheless, it would see Newcastle become one of the most valuable clubs in top-flight history.

With that in mind, football.london takes a look at how their respective takeover compares to Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Arsenal – Stan Kroenke – £731m

Whilst not a popular man among the Arsenal faithful, Stan Kroenke has certainly invested heavily into the north London club.

He initially bought shares in the Gunners in 2007 and completed a full takeover four years later with a £731million bid.

His investment does not end there though, with the American having bought out Alisher Usmanov for a fee of £550million – meaning he is now the sole owner of the club.

Of course, his initial investment is some way higher than the reported Newcastle takeover and with inflation taken into account, the Bank of England suggests that his takeover would cost around £911million nowadays.

Chelsea – Roman Abramovich – £140m

One of the first big money takeovers in the Premier League, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich purchased Chelsea for a record £140million back in 2003 from previous owner Ken Bates.

He has since poured considerable funds into the west London club and has enjoyed plenty of success as a result on both the domestic and European stage.

Whilst he has since been overtaken by respective buy-outs at Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, among others, Abramovich’s purchase still remains a sliding doors moment in English football history.



Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in the summer of 2003 and has since transformed the club
Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in the summer of 2003 and has since transformed the club

When inflation is taken into account, the Russian’s takeover is apparently worth £226million according to the Bank of England, some way below the £300million purchase price of Newcastle.

Tottenham Hotspur – Joe Lewis – £22m

It has taken a considerable amount of time for Joe Lewis, and his investment company, ENIC International, to become majority shareholders in north London.

They first purchased a 29.9 per cent share of the club in 1991, paying former owner Alan Sugar £22million. Further investments have taken place since, but of course, their initial majority stake is some way below the £300million that is being reported in relation to Newcastle.

Nevertheless, that number is worth far more in the current climate. The Bank of England believe that a takeover of that amount would be valued at £48million should it be attempted now.

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