The rumours surrounding Daniel Ek’s reported interest in buying Arsenal from Stan Kroenke is beginning to gain pace.
The Swede, who is the founder of Spotify and is valued by Forbes at £3.4 billion, tweeted on Friday that he has been an Arsenal fan all his life. He revealed that he would open to buying the club if KSE are ready to part ways, and that really excited Gooners.
Arsenal supporters organised a massive protest against the Kroenkes on Friday. Thousands came to the Emirates and had their say, and it is clear that we don’t want Silent Stan and co running our football club anymore.
Ek, a billionaire himself, is now reportedly willing to take advantage of the situation. The Telegraph revealed this morning that he has joined forces with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp ahead of a potential bid to buy Arsenal.
If an even more recent report is to be believed, that offer could land on Kroenke’s desk in a matter of days.
iTV News claim today that Ek is planning to officially announce his takeover attempt in the coming days. The report reveals that his initial offer is expected to be around £1.8 billion – a truly staggering amount.
Kroenke will never accept £1.8 billion
Forbes currently value Arsenal at £2.01 billion. The Kroenkes have put in some money of their own to help out with our stadium debt, and they will certainly take that into account if they are planning to sell the club.
Ek may just be testing the waters here with an initial £1.8 billion bid. He probably knows that it will be turned down by the Kroenkes, but if he’s really interested, he will likely come back in with a bigger offer.
If his announcement in the coming days includes words of support from Henry, Vieira and Bergkamp, Arsenal fans will put even more pressure on the Kroenkes. That could force their hand, but at this moment in time, a deal is extremely unlikely.