THE consortium behind the push to save Gold Coast United has put $1.5 million on the table but needs more time to close deals for the rest of what's needed.
Millionaire hotelier Tom Tate has contributed that amount, nearly one third of what the group of Australian and international businessmen have been asked to produce by FFA to take control of the embattled club.
But Gold Coast entrepreneur Geoffery Schuhkraft, who is steering their efforts, believes it is 'completely unrealistic' to expect them to meet the federation's $5 million target in the two weeks they've been given.
Schuhkraft, the founder of talent agency International Quarterback, is currently in discussions with a range of other local figures to secure another share of up to $1.5 million, which would take the cartel close to $3 million.
From there, the sporting executive plans to complete investment arrangements with various Asian and European interests.
Combined with the annual grants given by FFA to clubs, as well as the savings hoped to be made from a renegotiated stadium deal at Skilled Park and the rollout of a supporters' trust, the consortium claims it can meet the governing body's benchmark - just not in the next fortnight.
Time is the enemy, with FFA keen to sort out their Glitter Strip problem as soon as possible, but Schuhkraft is keen to assure the FFA the wait will be worth it.
"Those potential deals are going to take more than one or two weeks to finalise," he told Sportal.
"I know that my discussions personally with off-shore parties in the last 24 to 48 hours have indicated a genuine and really positive response.
"They see the benefits of business-to-business partnerships galvanised around a sporting franchise.
"I've asked FFA if we could get to $3 million in the next few days, would they consider working with us in giving us a realistic timeline by which all the other components could be put in place.
"You want the right partners involved, ones who are going to bring you more than just money."
Exactly what the magic number will be remains a point of contention. FFA say $5 million, but that assumes the economics of Palmer's old stadium deal, which cost him $40,000 per game even in its 'crowd cap' arrangement and $100,000 more when the ground was fully staffed.
"Imagine what that does to your bottom line," Schuhkraft said, hopeful that Tate's ties to the LNP will allow them to draw up a new contract with Skilled Park if the party wins this weekend's Queensland election as expected.
But even that will take longer than just a few days to complete.
A-League chief Lyall Gorman said in a statement on Thursday that there are still significant hurdles to overcome although Schuhkraft thinks, together with FFA's help, they can be cleared with ease.
"I do understand the FFA's view that they do not want another situation like the North Queensland Fury, where they were promised great things but in the end very little was realised," he said.
"However, the Fury were given months. We have been given two weeks. You've got to look at what is possible in two weeks.
"I'm sure they've noticed what is possible in just seven days. I hope that the FFA will see that and embrace that."