Spotify creator and CEO Daniel Ek informed CNBC on Wednesday he’s “very serious” about wishing to purchase Arsenal, in spite of present ownership promising it does not wish to offer the English soccer club.
Ek initially drifted his interest in purchasing the group on Twitter after strategies to produce an elite, breakaway soccer league in Europe collapsed recently following extensive reaction from fans, federal government figures, previous gamers and other sport observers.
Arsenal was among the starting clubs behind the brief effort called the European Super League. Arsenal eventually asked forgiveness to fans for signing up with, stating in a declaration that it was “never our intention to cause such distress.”
“I want to bring what I think is a very compelling offer to the owners, and I hope they hear me out,” Ek stated on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” “I’m very serious. I have secured the funds for it,” he included.
However, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke stated in a joint declaration Tuesday with his child and club director, Josh, that they do not prepare to offer. The declaration acknowledged current “media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.”
Arsenal’s German-born Bosnian protector Sead Kolasinac (R) plays the ball throughout the English Premier League football match in between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 10, 2019.
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“We remain 100% committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club,” the declaration checked out, according to the Associated Press. “We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.”
The billionaire Kroenke, who likewise owns the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, got complete control of Arsenal in 2018 in an offer that valued the group at $2.3 billion, according to The New York Times. Arsenal presently completes in the high-level English Premier League.
Ek, whose deal for the north London-based club is reported to consist of some previous gamers such as Thierry Henry, stated his interest is rooted in his long time assistance for the Gunners, which last won the Premier League title in the 2003-04 season.
“I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was 8 years old,” stated Ek, a 38-year-old Swedish billionaire who established Spotify in 2006. “Arsenal is my team. I love the history. I love the players and, of course, I love the fans, so as I look at that, I just see a tremendous opportunity to set a real vision for the club, to bring it back to its glory.”
Pressed by CNBC’s David Faber about Kroenke’s absence of interest in an offer, Ek stated: “I certainly didn’t expect that this would happen overnight. I’m prepared that this could be a long journey.”
“All I can do is prepare what I think is a very thoughtful offer and bring it to them and hope they hear me out,” Ek included. “I want the club to do better. That’s my primary interest,” he stated.