Spotify founder Daniel Ek has revealed that his Arsenal takeover bid has been rejected by current owners the Kroenke’s, despite growing pressure for them to sell the club.
While Gunners supporters have long held grievances with their American owners for a perceived lack of investment and lack of interest in the club, their involvement in last month’s radical European Super League plans has only heightened that anger, sparking calls for them to move on.
Following fan protests outside the Emirates after that breakaway proposal became public, Swedish entrepreneur and self-confessed Arsenal fan, Daniel Ek, tweeted his willingness to buy the club, revealing he was ready to ‘throw his hat in the ring’.
The 38-year-old has gone on to receive the backing of some of the club’s famed ‘Invincibles’ side, including the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, with the billionaire promising more fan involvement in the club, should he take the reigns in the near future.
Despite the current ownership insisting that they were unwilling to sell, Ek was not deterred, with speculation rife that he was readying a bid of £1.8 billion a few weeks ago.
Amid reports that no bid had actually been put forward to the current ownership, Ek has since confirmed that he has in fact had an offer turned down in the past week, with the Kroenke’s insisting ‘they don’t need the money’.
Following reports today I want to correct the record with attached statement pic.twitter.com/CzfF0Y76K4
— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) May 15, 2021
In a message posted on Twitter, Ek said: “Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal Football Club. I think it’s important to correct the record – this week an offer was made to both Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at the board and the golden share for the supporters.
“They replied that they don’t need the money. I respect their decision, but remain interested and available should that situation ever change.”
That refusal to sell will no doubt spark even greater fury among the Gunners faithful, particularly with the prospective owners promising greater power for supporters should the takeover go through, including a ‘golden share’ that would see fans given a say on key boardroom decisions.