Various reports today say that Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek is a preparing a bid to try and purchase Arsenal from Stan Kroenke.
The Swede has apparently enlisted former Gunners Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira to be part of his project, and the news come off the back of a Tweet over the weekend in which he signalled his interest:
As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I'd be happy to throw my hat in the ring.
— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) April 23, 2021
The club is currently valued at just over £2bn, while Ek has an estimated net worth of just under £4bn. Of course that isn’t liquid cash, and what the club is valued at and what Stan Kroenke might sell at are two very different things.
Assuming, of course, that the American billionaire is even open to that in the first place, and despite large fan protests on Friday before the 1-0 defeat to Everton, everything we’ve heard since suggests he has no intention of cashing in at this point.
Speaking to Sky Sports over the weekend, The Athletic’s David Ornstein said, “When criticism comes in they put a shell on and they are resistant to it. It doesn’t affect them. You should see some of the media coverage of Stan Kroenke in the USA.
“He moved his American football team to a different city and he was sharply criticised for that.
“But they have never sold any of their sporting franchises and Arsenal are said to be the jewel in the crown.
“Therefore, there would be no intention to sell – they are not going anywhere.”
So, while the idea of former players being involved in a takeover bid is a romantic one, this doesn’t seem like it’s anywhere near possible right now.
We’ve even got the Poo-o-Meter out, and all things considered this is a sloppy 10.