Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek is set to launch an Arsenal takeover bid – with the help of club legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.
The Swedish billionaire threw his hat into the proverbial ring over his interest in the north London club amid fan protests against current owner Stan Kroenke.
Daniel Ek is worth more than £3bn, but Kroenke is said to value Arsenal at around £2bn[/caption]
He wrote on Twitter: “As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.”
Ek is worth £3.38billion, according to Forbes, and his interest in the club is said to be ‘very real’.
The Telegraph claim the Spotify mogul is set to make Kroenke an offer and has been working with three of the club’s Invincibles legends.
The report adds that Henry, Bergkamp and Vieira could return to the Emirates Stadium in the event of a takeover and be part of the new set-up.
There is no indication, though, that Kroenke is prepared to sell the club.
His son, Josh, took part in a fans’ forum last week to address supporters’ concerns following the club’s involvement in the botched European Super League plans.
Arsenal were due to be one of the 12 founding members of the controversial breakaway league, a move that drew much fury with the club’s fan base.
Josh Kroenke was told he is ‘out of touch’ at the fans’ forum and urged to sell Arsenal to someone who understands the fans if he’s not going to engage with them.
Kroenke confirmed that they had ‘no intention of selling’ Arsenal, though that has not dampened rumours that Ek could launch a bid.
The Times report that Arsenal are ‘sceptical’ about the seriousness of the Spotify founder’s bid, with the club valued by the Kroenkes at around £2billion.
Gunners fans voiced their anger at Kroenke with their protest outside the Emirates on Friday with choruses of ‘f*** off Stan Kroenke, get out of our club’ and ‘we want our Arsenal back’ were heard from the crowd.
The protests were backed by Gunners legends Ian Wright and Martin Keown, who told talkSPORT the owners ‘see us as fools’.
And the club’s all-time top goalscorer Henry joined his ex-teammates in backing the protests, admitting he was sad he couldn’t join them in person.
“Arsenal fans have spoken, they are not happy and I’m with them,” he said on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I’m a fan, too, and I’m happy with the protests. I couldn’t go, because you can imagine, but I was happy about them.
“It’s the fans’ club, fans will always decide the future of the club and if fans want things to happen it’s on you, and they were not happy about what’s happening and rightly so.
“At some point enough is enough. You sit there and support the club but then they did what they did with the Super League without consulting anybody, and I was like, ‘wow’.”