Some major news broke over the weekend of interest to all Newcastle United supporters. Reports are suggesting that Mike Ashley's controversial reign at the club could be set to end very soon, with the 54 year-old in talks to sell the club for around £350m to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The UAE billionaires investment group have confirmed that they're interested in buying the club and it'll be music to the ears of Magpies supporters everywhere, who've grown increasing disillusioned under Ashley. His reluctance to spend big in the transfer market has left them incredibly frustrated, along with manager Rafa Benitez who's been reluctant to commit his future to the club.
His contract is set to expire on 30th June and there will be a long list of clubs interesting in recruiting him, so it's imperative that Newcastle retain him at all costs. He wants his vision for the club to be backed and this new potential owner certainly has the funds to do so, so it's going to be interesting to see how this one plays out.
We've had no official word from Ashley himself over the last few days, but back in December he did admit that he was "hopeful" that the club would be sold to "an owner that will please everybody" - so Newcastle fans stay on alert.
But despite the lack of an official comment from the current owner, the potential new one has had his input and these words will please NUFC fans.
"We can confirm the representatives of his Highness Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan are in discussions with Mike Ashley and his team about the proposed acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club, we view it as an honour to have the opportunity to build on the strong support, history and tradition of the club," the statement read.
This story is developing quickly and with Rafa's contract set to end in just over a months time, it needs to completed soon if they're to retain his services. Newcastle United are one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and if this goes through they should have the financial clout to climb up the table. But will it be enough to tempt Rafa to stay and lead this revolution?
We've spoken to @IfRafaGoesWeGo, a fan movement with almost 20k Twitter followers to get the supporters perspective on this breaking news. The Ashley era of ownership has been one of the most controversial and toxic in Premier League history, so the prospect of it ending is certainly exciting for the Magpies.