Simon Jordan brands Stan Kroenke ‘Darth Vader of English football’ but doubts Daniel Ek can complete Arsenal takeover – and claims he could raise the money to buy Premier League club

Simon Jordan has called Stan Kroenke the ‘Darth Vader of English football’ – but doubts Daniel Ek will be able to get him out of Arsenal.

Swedish billionaire Ek says he is set to make a ‘very compelling offer’ – believed to be £1.8billion – to buy the Gunners from Stan Kroenke.

Ek, who is an Arsenal fan, is reported to be worth $4.7billion
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While American businessman Kroenke is insistent he is not selling up, Ek has vowed to press ahead with his buy-out bid.

Ek’s willingness to buy the club he has supported since childhood has excited a large section of the Arsenal fanbase.

Jordan claims the 38-year-old – the co-owner of Spotify – is in a win-win situation after going public with his interest.

But he fully expects his takeover bid to fall through.

The former Crystal Palace owner told talkSPORT: “Daniel Ek can’t lose this conversation because the awareness of him as an individual has accelerated ten fold over the last week.

“He’s chosen to start that fire. There is a lack of dignity because it’s a shameless grab of awareness.

“He can write a cheque to Stan Kroenke. Stan Kroenke is not going to buckle to public pressure.

“If you think Stan Kroenke is going to take a billion less because x amount of fans in London are screaming at him then you’re dafter than you look.

“He is only going to take one deal, which is the deal he’s prepared to take.

Arsenal fans are desperate for Kroenke to leave the club, but he insists he is going nowhere
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“If Daniel Ek is a media guy, the one thing he’s going to use is the media. It’s interesting to say it’s a long game.

“He can’t lose because he’s always got this dark force, the Darth Vader of English football Stan Kroenke that’s going to sit there, say nothing and send his son out to do his dirty deeds for him.

“So with the greatest will in the world, it’s an interesting play, I just can’t see it [happening]. I don’t think it’s a play that happens and not at £1.8bn, which is what he’s currently offering.

“I’ll tell you what compelling is, when Stan Kroenke tells you it’s compelling, not when someone who wants to buy the football club tells you it’s compelling.”

Meanwhile, Jordan has even claimed that he could buy Arsenal if he wanted to as he praised Ek for not criticising the Kroenke’s in a recent interview.

Arsenal fans made their voices heard in a pre-match protest last week
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Jordan added: “With the greatest respect in the world, despite the fact that even in my pomp, he is significantly more wealthy than I ever was, I could raise the money to buy Arsenal if I wanted to.

“It’s not difficult to raise other people’s money to buy a football club. It’s more difficult to write a cheque out of your own pocket.

“He seems to be suggesting that he’s got an offer on the table, being driven through the media using language that is very, very fan-centric, which is the currency of the time right now.

“He was very clever to stop short of the broadcaster enabling him to fall into a trap where he started to vilify Kroenke and his gang because that would not help him in any negotiations.”