Speaking at the New Economy Forum in Singapore, Aliko Dangote – Africa’s richest man – commented upon his ambitions to buy Arsenal, as reported by Bloomberg.
Dangote, a fan of the north London club, first attempted to take control at the Emirates Stadium in 2010, and spoke again of his desire to own the Gunners in 2015, according to Bloomberg.
The Nigerian businessman, estimated to command a net worth of well over $10 billion (around £7.6 billion), has once again reiterated his interest in launching a takeover bid of Arsenal. However, this time he has not ruled out investing in another club should the current owner, Stan Kroenke, refuse to sell.
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Speaking in Singapore, the 61-year-old said, “I’m very attached to Arsenal but if he won’t sell, I might have to change.
I’m very much a fan of football. I have to have a club. I don’t have to own Arsenal.”
With Kroenke having only recently attained sole ownership of Arsenal, he is extremely unlikely to be willing to sell unless he is presented with an unbelievable offer. Dangote is capable of offering such an astronomical figure, but there are certainly big clubs he would find much easier to purchase.
In light of these reports, plenty of Arsenal fans took to Twitter to give their thoughts of Dangote’s comments…
It’s all nonsense he’s been saying the same thing for years now.
— afcRob (@afcROB9) 7 November 2018
Stan’s not going to sell
— Rashidinatör (@rashidinator) 7 November 2018
All talk no balls on this guy. He’s been talking about buying Arsenal for 8 years now. Nothing will come of this.
— Alfie (@Alfie1307) 7 November 2018
Dangote talks too much. Men who needs to get things done, don’t go talking all day about it. You want arsenal? Splash the cash and have it
— Lincoln (@linkomeiza) 7 November 2018
Arsenal (Kroenke) will not sell to Dangote. Waste of time.
— D.O. à (@DaRealDOA) 7 November 2018
He did say a few years ago he wouldn’t be ready to buy Arsenal until at least 2020.
— James Aparicio (@JamesAparicio1) 7 November 2018
Same old same old, even arsenal changed
— DINOS (@Guendozzii) 7 November 2018