Ek handed massive boost in Arsenal takeover quest

Jason Soutar
Daniel Ek
Daniel Ek

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been given a massive boost in his attempt to buy Arsenal as current owner Stan Kroenke is involved in a multi-million pound court case in America.

Ek, who is a big Arsenal fan, announced his desire to buy the Gunners back in April in the wake of the fallout following the European Super League breakaway.

The Swede is even prepared to team up with club legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp in his takeover bid.

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Ek has already had bids of £1.8billion and £2b rejected, but Kroenke’s legal troubles could provide a welcome opportunity for a third bid.

Kroenke is being sued by the city of St Louis after he moved his NFL team the Rams back to Los Angeles.

The case could cost over £700m in compensation for the American.

And The Sun claim Ek is “convinced” that the situation will force him to sell the north London club.

The newspaper claim that a source has said: “Ek is convinced this could help him get Arsenal.”

Speaking in May, Bergkamp stated that Ek and co had not given up hope on the takeover.

“We can’t force anyone to sell. I understand that, in addition to that offer, Daniel has now reached out twice to Josh Kroenke [Arsenal director and Stan’s son] and his bankers,” he said.

“Whatever Kroenke’s intentions are, it would be good if we at least have a conversation with each other. In the interests of the club.

“Regardless, Daniel is not a quitter and neither are we football boys. We are here to stay.”

Vieira, who has recently been appointed the manager of Crystal Palace, said: “In the last couple of years I believe that the club didn’t take the right direction.

“And I think it is time for change. If the change doesn’t happen, I believe that Arsenal will be in a difficult position.

“We can only make a judgement from outside. We watch every single Arsenal game and it is difficult to recognise the club that we used to play for.

“But we get to the time where everybody at the club, the Kroenkes need to get more involved to take Arsenal back where the club should be.

“If that’s not the case, I think it is time for them to let the club go and let somebody else take care of the football club.”