Daniel Ek, the owner of an online streaming platform, Spotify, has insisted that he is set to buy Premier League club, Arsenal, from the current owner, Stan Kroenke.
The 38-year-old Swedish billionaire said the funds needed to commence the bidding process are available which means that he might make an official offer anytime soon.
Recall that on Tuesday, Stan Kroenke and his son Josh who doubles as Arsenal’s director, issued a statement to insist that they are not ready to sell any stake in the Premier League club.
The two individuals who have been directing the affairs of the club since 2018 have insisted that they still have the capacity and commitment to lead the club.
But such a statement is not reinsuring enough for most Arsenal fans including Daniel Ek who said he has been a fan of the club since he was a child. The 38-year-old Swedish billionaire who is worth about £3.2 billion, says he has secure the funds for the takeover of the club.
Recall that a report surfaced recently that Daniel Ek has teamed up with three legends of Arsenal – Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Patrick Vieira to possess control of the club.
It has been reported that the Swedish billionaire is set to make an official bid for Arsenal in the coming days. It was also reported that Daniel Ek will make an initial offer worth £1.8 billion to tempt Stan Kroenke’s to sell the club.
In a viral interview with CNBC, Daniel Ek said he is hoping that the current owners of Arsenal would pay interest in his potential offer to but the club.
He said: “I have secured the funds for it and I want to bring what I think is a very compelling offer to the owners and I hope they hear me out…
“I just see a tremendous opportunity to set a real vision for the club to bring it back to its glory,” he added.
“I just focus on the club, I focus on the fans and I focus on trying to bring the club back to glory,” added Ek, who was speaking after Spotify announced their first quarterly results on Wednesday.
“I am first and foremost a fan, that is the most important thing for me. I want the club to do better. That is my primary interest.”
Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek says he has 'secured the funds' to takeover Arsenal and will now present a 'very compelling offer' to owners Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke to buy the club. pic.twitter.com/JLWskeOHU1— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 28, 2021
Arsenal football club is currently struggling in the Premier League. The club is currently sitting on the 10th spot on the league table. Arsenal might not qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League because they are 12 points away from 4th place Chelsea, with 5 league games to go.
The surest way for Arsenal to return to the Champions League is to win this season’s Europa League title. The club is currently in the semi-final stage of the competition. If Arsenal defeats Villarreal in the first leg of the round today, April 29, the Premier League club would finish up the round at the Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2021.