Softbank (SFTBF.PK) is in negotiations with three major Japanese banks - Mizuho (MFG), Sumitomo...

|By:, SA News Editor

Softbank (SFTBF.PK) is in negotiations with three major Japanese banks - Mizuho (MFG), Sumitomo Mitsui (SMFG) and Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU) - about borrowing $23B to fund its bid for Sprint (S), Reuters reports. While Sprint is worth $17.3B, it also carries almost $15B of debt. Japanese investors have reacted with dismay to news of the talks, with Softbank's shares closing -17%.