Spotify owner Daniel Ek states he is gotten ready for a “long journey” with his bid to buy Arsenal and will present “a very engaging offer” to try and encourage the Kroenke family to offer up.
Swedish billionaire Ek, 38, who has gotten the support of club legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, is expected to submit his very first offer – in the region of ₤ 1.8 billion – in the next couple of days.
The Kroenkes, whose ownership came under renewed opposition following the club’s involvement in the failed European Super League last week, insist they “will not entertain any offer”.
Ek expects the Kroenkes to reject his initial offer, but wants to be patient in what is most likely to be a long process.
Speaking to Sky’s sister station CNBC, Ek said: “I have actually secured the funds for it and I wish to bring what I think is a really engaging deal to the owners and I hope they hear me out.”
Ek, who used Twitter to reveal interest in a deal last Friday night, states he is “very major” with his takeover bid and wishes to “engage the fans again”.
” I simply see an incredible opportunity to set a real vision for the club to bring it back to its magnificence,” he added.
He has actually already intimated he would be open to having fan representation on the Arsenal board if he succeeds in buying the club, including the possibility of offering supporters a ‘golden share’, which would provide veto power over key decisions.
” I just concentrate on the club, I concentrate on the fans and I concentrate on trying to bring the club back to splendor,” included Ek, who was speaking after Spotify announced their very first quarterly outcomes on Wednesday.
” I am initially and foremost a fan, that is the most essential thing for me. I want the club to do better. That is my primary interest.”
Ek, who co-founded Spotify in 2006 and deserves an estimated ₤ 3.2 bn, does not consider his approach to purchase the club as personal and was careful not to criticise the current owners throughout his television appearance.
Stan Kroenke, who owns Kroenke Sports & Home Entertainment (KSE), has been Toolbox’s owner since April 2011.
KSE likewise own NFL franchise Los Angeles Rams, NBA side Denver Nuggets, NHL outfit Colorado Avalanche and MLS side Colorado Rapids.
Toolbox director Josh Kroenke informed a fans’ forum that his household would work harder to engage with fans better in the future.
Mikel Arteta’s side – who are presently 10th, 12 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – effectively need to win the Europa League if they are to play European football next season.
Fans unhappy with Kroenkes have someone ‘they can rally behind’
Analysis from Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“The sceptics were saying this was a promotion stunt. The skeptics were stating there is no way this is going to occur. Well, we have actually heard from the main male himself now. Daniel Ek has made it clear that he is extremely severe about trying to buy Arsenal, he has actually secured the funds. We know that Toolbox are valued at, at least, ₤ 2bn so it would recommend that he has actually managed to get that type of financing together to attempt and press ahead with this proposed deal.
“He describes it as an extremely engaging, thoughtful offer and he is stating to the Kroenkes, ‘please listen to me, I am going to make this offer in the next few days, it is going to be put in front of you and after that it depends on you to make up your mind. He already knows that the Kroenkes have said Arsenal is not for sale. That is not a surprise, naturally nobody is going to come out and say their Premier League club, which is worth billions of pounds, is for sale. However in company, as our colleagues at CNBC explained, whatever has a cost.
“If he can lure the Kroenkes to sell, then he is all set to relocate and purchase Toolbox. Long-term, what I think is intriguing, is that he himself stated he is gotten ready for a long journey. He is expecting his deal to be rebuffed, he is expecting the Kroenke’s to state to him the club is not for sale. Today he is constantly going to be in the background. We understand he is a genuine fan, he has actually been a fan for 30 years. We know now he is close to Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira. He has actually got the legends on board, and these fans who are dissatisfied with the Kroenkes now have somebody they can rally behind.”