It looks like there’s a bit more ‘meat on the bones’ when it comes to the latest Aston Villa takeover rumour, that is now gaining pace at a ‘returning to orbit from space’ speed. It has been revealed by two sources - Gregg Evans and John Percy, that an Egyptian group are pressing ahead with a takeover of Aston Villa.
#avfc in advanced negotiations with a Middle East consortium, believed to be from Egypt. Understand Dr Tony Xia is close to agreeing a full sale— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) July 20, 2018
Yesterday, Gregg Evans of The Birmingham Mail reported that a group were closing in on a final bid for control of Aston Villa ahead of a full-scale takeover. The group were described as ‘Middle-Eastern’ - which has now been singled down to ‘Egyptian’
At first, I thought it was a different group. I’d always understood Egypt to be part of Africa. I’ve now learned that it’s considered ‘both’ and had always approached ‘the middle east’ as a vague term, not an actual location. You learn something new everyday. A shout-out to everyone who was so quick to reach out about that on Twitter (you can stop now).
However, we now know, thanks to Percy and Evans, that a takeover is actually in the works. This is the same thing that we’ve been told multiple times as ‘happening on Friday’ and well, it looks like something is happening on Friday (today).
We still don’t know what this means for Xia. Keith Wyness was quick to tweet out a link to the ‘Gang of Four’ - ‘political criminals’ who were arrested in Communist China. We won’t link to that. Evans understands that the club will take majority control, this means that Xia will likely hold some role within the club until a full-takeover is completed. As far as we know, Xia simply wants to hold onto the club and this might keep him in the picture.
Still, Tony Xia has to accept a bid. He’s only knocked every bid back so far. We’ll have to wait and see.