Daniel Ek meets Arsenal Supporters Trust with takeover consortium as Kroenke ‘puts £1.7bn club on SALE’ -updates


Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will reportedly submit a formal bid in the region of £1.8billion to Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke by the end of the week.

The Swedish billionaire is poised to test the American’s resolve by turning his interest into a concrete offer.

Ek, 38, is so desperate to take control of his beloved side, he has teamed up with Invincibles Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.

Speaking to CNBC last week, Ek – valued at more than £3bn – insisted he has the funds to assume control of Arsenal. That came after the Kroenke family issued a statement where they declared they will not entertain any offers.

But it has been claimed that Arsenal ARE up for sale, with Kroenke willing to do business for the right price. And according to the Telegraph, Ek will submit an offer by the end of the week after attempting to make contact with Kroenke over the weekend.

Sky Sports have stated that Ek will bid £1.8bn, and even if the offer is rejected, his interest will not go away.

Henry also confirmed he is part of Ek’s bid last last night.

When asked if he was part of the potential takeover team, Henry – speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football – said: “It is true.

“Daniel [Ek] is an Arsenal fan. He did not say it for any publicity, he has been an Arsenal fan for a very long time. He approached us, we listened to him. And we knew, first and foremost, that he wanted to involve the fans.”

Elsewhere, the Premier League and FA have vowed to crush the Super League plotters if they attempt another breakaway.

In a move to reassure fans the threat has been killed off for good, the FA launched an inquiry by demanding full and frank answers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and the two Manchester giants.

And the Premier League promised it will change its rulebook to dismiss any possibility of the rebels coming back for a second attempt.

A Prem statement read: “The Premier League has prepared a series of measures to enshrine the core principles of the professional game an open pyramid, progression through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity.

“These measures are designed to stop the threat of breakaway leagues in future.”

The Big Six are facing disrepute charges for their parts in the attempted coup. FA top brass are understood to feel heavy fines are more likely, rather than punishments that would hit the fans such as points deductions.