It looks like pounds, not dollars, now in the proposed takeover of Aston Villa, but the £64 million question last night was whether Doug Ellis really can finally be tempted into surrendering his controlling interest.
The astonishing U-turn by American businessman Randy Lerner to withdraw his interest has apparently left the field clear for two remaining bidders in the battle to take control of Villa.
Despite the even more ominous sight of Sven-Goran Eriksson's agent, Athole Still, exiting stage left and driving away from the ground down Witton Lane last night, Michael Neville and his consortium are clearly now the No 1 contenders.
Villa have not yet revealed from where the other bids of the day came, with the only certainty being that Neville's £64 million lunchtime offer was the first of them. But the club's response to another day of comings and goings was to issue a typically unenl ightening statement, just after 5pm last night.
"The board of Aston Villa PLC can confirm that it has received a number of indicative offers which may or may not lead to a formal offer for the issued share capital of the Company. The board will be appraising these offers in due course and will update shareholders and supporters when appropriate."
A case of the bland leading the blind? But one man who now has his eyes very much open is Neville.
It is still not entirely clear whether Villa would be getting a knight in shining armour, or simply another Michael Knighton, if he does seize control but the Erdington-born, Solihull-based, self-confessed lifelong Villa fan now appears to be in the box seat.
After a frustrating but always optimistic year spent trying to raise the funds, it took the arrival of handy Randy in England to finally flush Neville out into the open by making his bid.
But, even in the enormous game of footballing politics that this has so far proved, he appears to have played a masterstroke by suggesting that there is still a role at the club for chairman Ellis.
"Doug has taken a lot of criticism," said Neville. "The guy has given a great foundation to Villa and I think that foundation has to be built on and it is time for a new order to come in, but you wouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
"I have always been fairly consistent in saying Doug Ellis has done a pretty good job. I also think he wants a level of continuity for the club.
"He has so much experience in business and football. Why not take that experience and use it to the advantage of Aston Villa? Maybe a life presidency or some kind of ambassador's role."
As to Neville's own future role, he insists: "It is not my objective to become the chairman of the club under any circumstances, but maybe a board position liaising with the club and supporters, bringing the supporters closer to the club and maybe looking at how you build the plc, so it is able to build the development of the club with cash to fund players and ground.
"Having grown up in the locality and watched the Villa through some very bad times and some reasonable times, I under-stand quite a lot of aspects about the club.
"The fans are the lifeblood of any football club and that is what really is important.
"I understand the difficulties between the club and the supporters and I think I could bridge that gap.
"This isn't a short-term pitch, this is a two-, three- or four-year turnaround situation to try to get Aston Villa up into the upper echelons of the Premier League and into Europe.
"I am the front man for a group of people who have the financial muscle to get this done, have the business acumen and the football nous.
"It has been a pretty stretching 11 months and I have never given up despite a number of false dawns.
"The approach by Mr Lerner has accelerated our interest but the letter which has gone in to Rothschilds [the club's bankers] clearly states we have the money to complete the transaction.
"About 1pm today, we put in a formal offer letter which stated the details of the deal. It gave some clear objectives as to what we want to achieve and stated the offer was fully funded.
"I'm not allowed to say what the deal is, but I think it gives the consortium the chance to be competitive."