Daniel Ek claims his £1.8bn bid to buy Arsenal was rejected by owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Daniel Ek claims his £1.8bn bid to buy Arsenal was rejected by owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Ek publicly claimed a bid had been made in response to “inaccurate” reports of an Arsenal denial; offer said to be in region of £1.8bn; Ek says he remains interested despite the Kroenkes’ rejection

Daniel Ek claims Arsenal’s owners have turned down his offer to buy the Premier League club.

The Spotify co-founder insists he made a bid, said to be in the region of £1.8billion, earlier this week. He issued a statement following reports earlier on Saturday which said Arsenal were denying that was the case.

Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek
Ek is a lifelong Arsenal fan

“Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal football club,” Ek said. “I think it’s important to correct the record.

“This week, an offer was made to both (Director) Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at the board and a 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.”

The Gunners’ owners Stan and Josh Kroenke, via their company Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE), have been clear the club is not for sale and they would not entertain any offers since Ek publicly emerged with his interest.

PA - Stan Kroenke
Arsenal say Stan Kroenke is not looking to sell the club

As fans protested outside the Emirates following the club’s involvement in the aborted European Super League project, the Swedish billionaire said he would make “a very compelling offer” to try and persuade them to sell.

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