Newcastle United fans haven't reacted positively to Shay Given's recent comments.
Speaking to The Star, the Newcastle legend suggested that Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez should be the calibre of player that the Magpies' proposed takeover would enable them to attract.
Given claims that the "endless amounts of money" that United's next owner is likely to possess will surely have his former club shopping at the top end of the transfer market if and when the takeover is complete, and suggests that Manchester City's acquisition of Real Madrid's Robinho in 2008 is evidence that hefty investment can change the perception of a club.
"If the investors come in and have got endless amounts of money, they could sign [Alexis] Sanchez, for example. It depends who these new owners are," he said.
"I’m not saying he’ll go there and they could instead trawl down the bottom part of the league – you just don’t know how much money they’ll have.
"When you look at Sheikh Mansour when he came to Manchester City and signed Robinho. Will these people have that money to spend or will it be a bit more of shopping down the ladder?"
But Newcastle fans aren't buying the suggestion that Sanchez - who was denied a move to Man City in August - would be attainable.
I know the irish like a drink, but...— ⚫️⚪️dixongenuous⚫️⚪️ (@dixongenuous) December 7, 2017
We won’t get near the likes of Sanchez,— barry kenyon (@blackandwhiteba) December 7, 2017
I’ll have whatever Shays been on please— James Bolam (@James_Bolam) December 7, 2017
Shay have you been smoking crack?— Ian Gillespie (@IanRobGill) December 7, 2017
Been in the Guinness shay lad?— ⬛️NUFC 09-12-1892⬜️ (@DanWillan84) December 7, 2017
Who's his dealer?— Daniel Barfield (@_DanielBarfield) December 7, 2017
Obviously Newcastle won't be signing Sanchez, but you can see Given's point.
Newcastle are a bigger club than Manchester City were when Sheikh Mansour completed his takeover in 2008 and the Tyneside outfit would attract high-profile names eventually, but it would take years, and a track record of them competing for titles, to attract somebody in the Sanchez bracket.
The Telegraph reported on Wednesday that Amanda Staveley's eagerly-anticipated takeover may not even materialise now after negotiations with owner Mike Ashley had reached an impasse.