Spotify founder Daniel Ek 'is serious about buying Arsenal'
Spotify founder Daniel Ek ‘is serious about buying Arsenal as he’s willing to put a bid on the table for under-pressure Gunners owner Stan Kroenke’ as European Super League fallout continues
- Spotify founder Daniel Ek’s interest in buying Arsenal is genuine, say reports
- Gunners owner Stan Kroenke faced protests against his ownership on Friday
- Kroenke Sports Entertainment are reportedly open to listening to offers at £2bn
- Ek is worth £3.4bn so any move would have to be via a consortium or partner
Spotify founder Daniel Ek’s interest in buying Arsenal off Stan Kroenke is genuine after the Swede declared his interest in owning the Gunners on Friday, according to reports.
Arsenal owner Kroenke was the subject of some high-profile angry protests from Gunners supporters outside the stadium ahead of Friday night’s Premier League tie with Everton following the club’s role in the launch of the now defunct Super League.
Billionaire businessman Ek tweeted that he was ‘happy to throw my hat in the ring’ to become Arsenal’s new majority shareholder upon seeing the north London protests which went down well with the Gunners faithful.
Spotify’s Daniel Ek is preparing to make a bid for Stan Kroenke’s Arsenal, according to reports
Kroneke (right) is reportedly open to listening to offers of around £2billion for the English club
But according to The Telegraph, Ek’s interest in taking over Arsenal is genuine and the Swedish businessman is prepared to make Kroenke an offer.
The same report claims the Kroenke Sports Entertainment (KSE) group would be listen to offers of around £2billion, but Ek’s individual net worth is estimated at around £3.4bn according to Forbes.
That would mean Ek would have to take control over Arsenal via a consortium or with a partner.
The 38-year-old launched Spotify along with co-founder Martin Lorentzon and the music platform is currently worth £58billion.
Kroenke was the subject of angry protests from Arsenal fans after a tumultuous week
Kroenke, who is valued at just under £6bn, has been part of the Arsenal hierarchy since 2008 but fans have become increasingly frustrated with his lack of investment in the club.
Kroenke’s son, Josh, appeared in a fan’s forum on Thursday night and was ordered by some Gunners fans to sell the club.
Following the European Super League saga, Josh responded: ‘All of our trust was shredded this week, I understand that, but I still believe that we are fit to carry on in our positions as custodians of Arsenal.
‘I might be met with scepticism but over time I hope to establish some sort of relationship with our supporter groups and show them that we are capable of taking the club forward.
Josh Kroenke (left), son of owner Stan (middle), faced the music in a grilling with fans
‘When are we going to sell? I am not willing to answer that question because we have no intention of selling.’
Graeme Souness believes that, despite Ek’s announcement, Kroenke is under no pressure to sell the club.
‘He’s only got £4bn, it’s not enough,’ he said on Sky Sports. ‘People talk about these absent owners selling. They are under no pressure to sell. They are absent, they don’t turn up to games, they won’t get any face to face criticism.
‘There is only Daniel Levy who will get it from the crowds. These guys will come back when it suits them. They won’t sell for a penny less than before all this debacle.’
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