Saturday 20 May 2017

Arsenal Takeover: Alisher Usmanov Makes £1bn Bid

According to Sky sources, Alisher Usmanov has made a £1bn bid to buy the majority sharehold of Arsenal. It is understood that current majority owner Stan Kroenke has yet to formally respond to the offer, but the American is expected to reject it.

Kroenke intends to remain at Arsenal for the long term, with his ambition to win the Premier League and make the Gunners stronger in Europe. Sources claim he is not motivated by money. Uzbek Usmanov, who has a personal fortune of around £11.2bn, has built a stake of just over 30 percent in the North London club since his initial investment in 2007.

He has been interested in taking control of the club from Kroenke, who also owns the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and been Arsenal's majority shareholder since 2011. The American increased his shareholding - through his company Kroenke Sports Enterprise - to 67.05 percent in May 2016, with the purchase of 23 ordinary shares

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