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Arsenal legends to help Spotify co-founder in takeover bid

Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp are reportedly prepared to help Swedish billionaire, Daniel Ek, with a proposed takeover bid of the club.

Ek, co-founder and chief executive of music streaming service Spotify, last week expressed an interest in buying Arsenal following protests from the Gunners’ supporters over current owners the Kroenke family.

 

Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE) have come under increasing pressure to sell their majority stake in the north London side amid the club’s involvement in controversial European Super League plans, with thousands of fans having protested with flares and banners outside the club’s Emirates Stadium ahead of Friday night’s 1-0 defeat to Everton.

Josh Kroenke – director and son of American owner, Stan –  last week said the owners have ‘no intention’ of selling the club despite the outrage of the supporters, though public interest from Elk has raised the possibility of a takeover bid.

The 38-year-old announced his interest last week and according to Sky Sports has enlisted the help of Arsenal icons Henry, Vieira and Bergkamp in his bid to buy the club.

Ek is reportedly worth £3.38bn following the success of Spotify, though it remains to be seen how much the Swede is prepared to bid for Arsenal, who were valued at $2.88bn (£2bn) by Forbes earlier this month.

That value placed Arsenal eighth amongst the most valuable football clubs in the world, with Barcelona having moved ahead of Spanish rivals Real Madrid at number one in 2021.

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