Wednesday Apr 29, 2020. 11:00
Senegal international Demba Ba says Newcastle United will be able to compete for the English Premier League title.
That is if their £300 million takeover is completed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), who are reportedly working on managing assets worth $400 billion by the end of 2020.
The PIF is led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and they are expected to buy the English club from the hands of British billionaire Mike Ashley soon.
Ba, who was on the books of Newcastle between 2011 and 2013, also believes that Newcastle would also be able to challenge for the UEFA Champions League title.
“If that goes through, I will be very happy because Newcastle is a club I love a lot. I have spent a very great time there and if this goes through it’s going to be another top team,” Ba told Sky Sports.
“I’m not going to say top club because Newcastle is already a top club, but it’s going to be another top team, fighting for the title, fighting for the Champions League, and it’s going to be only great for the Premier League and for Newcastle also.
“They will challenge. It does not mean they will win because we have seen for example a team like [Manchester] City, who have been challenging for a decade now for the Champions League.”
Ba scored 29 goals in 58 competitive appearances for Newcastle and he feels that his former club would also emulate rich European clubs like Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City.
“It’s not an easy competition and just money does not give you any guarantee. If money would give you guarantee then for sure City would have had a couple of [titles], and other clubs also would have had more – Paris [Saint-Germain] would also have one,” he added.
Ba, 34, is currently on the books of Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir.