Eagle-eyed Sunderland fans spot potentially significant takeover development

Sunderland fans during the Checkatrade Trophy Final between Sunderland AFC and Portsmouth FC at Wembley Stadium on March 31, 2019 in London, England.

Sunderland are expected to be sold to a group of American businessmen.

Sunderland fans during the Checkatrade Trophy Final between Sunderland AFC and Portsmouth FC at Wembley Stadium on March 31, 2019 in London, England.

Eagle-eyed Sunderland fans have spotted that an account which seemingly belongs to one of the Mackems' prospective new owners has started following the club on Instagram.

The Sunderland Echo reports that Robert Platek is part of a consortium of US businessmen - alongside John Phelan, Glenn Fuhrman and Michael Dell - set to complete a takeover at the Stadium of Light, although it is claimed the latter will only be a 'passive, minority shareholder'.

 

And according to some of a Mackems persuasion, Platek's alleged online activity suggests an announcement could be close.

Despite the Americans' anticipated arrival, it is claimed that the current Sunderland owners, Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven, will remain as shareholders of the Wearside club.

The pair took the reins from another stateside businessman, Ellis Short, little more than a year ago, after the Mackems' second relegation in as many seasons.

New Sunderland owner Stewart Donald (R) talks during a press conference at the Stadium of Light on May 21, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland are again one of the favourites to win promotion from League One, after losing out in last season's play-offs.

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