It almost has to make you suspicious: Elon Musk admits defeat across the board in the dispute over the takeover of Twitter.

He now wants to buy the online platform after all, at exactly the price of $44 billion that he agreed to back in April.

So Twitter would not have to make any concessions.

Months of back and forth seem to have come to an abrupt end.

Musk's capitulation is not yet legally watertight, so Twitter should have some remaining doubts given its unpredictability.

But the Tesla CEO has now maneuvered himself into a position in which the takeover is unlikely to be called off.

No winners in litigation

So what was all the drama about?

There are no winners other than the handsomely rewarded law firms on either side of the litigation.

Musk has continued to damage the company, which he will now own, in recent months.

He regularly slandered it, and the uncertainty he fueled about the sale paralyzed it, adding to the already sluggish business.

Musk is embarrassed himself.

Otherwise often celebrated as a model entrepreneur, he now has to be accused of having made a miserable business with devastating timing.

Without the prospect of the takeover, the Twitter share would certainly be listed far below the agreed purchase price.

Shareholders are relieved

Twitter shareholders are now certainly relieved that they will probably get the full price after all.

From their point of view, what happens to the company is probably of secondary importance.

For Twitter, of course, uncertainty after uncertainty is now beginning.

What will Musk make of the platform?

He has said he wants to relax user rules and unban former US President Donald Trump.

He talks about making Twitter the building block for a kind of "super app" along the lines of WeChat in China, which integrates many different services.

Whether he can be the savior who helps Twitter out of chronic economic difficulties is questionable.

With the embarrassing takeover saga, he did not recommend himself for this task.