TalkSport pundit Simon Jordan doesn’t believe that the proposed Arsenal takeover is going to happen.
Recent reports have suggested that a group led by Spotify founder Daniel Ek, in partnership with former Arsenal players Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira could put themselves in a position to buy the club from current owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. However, at this stage, it is just an idea and hasn’t been put forward to KSE in an official manner.
Speaking on TalkSport, Jordan felt that he didn’t think the move would go through because of the stubbornness of KSE to sell up, noting that the club is not in danger, so they don’t have a great need to sell right now:
“My gut feel about this deal is I don’t think it happens. I think it’s a product of someone’s imagination. I think the guy’s put himself in a way of it for a variety of reasons. But I can’t see how this deal happens, because Kroenke is not a willing seller, you’re going to prise it from somebody that’s going to want top dollar, and very few football clubs get bought unless they’re in a distressed state.
“So when you look at this and say, somebody’s got to buy a football club at an incredible valuation, I just don’t see it happening. And if you’re going to go in there as a shareholder, then you’re going to have the same issues with Stan Kroenke as the majority shareholder, as [Alisher] Usmanov and everybody else had in the past.”
TIF Thoughts on Simon Jordan’s comments about the proposed Arsenal takeover…
It does seem like it’s going to be hard to oust KSE from their position at Arsenal, especially when you consider the statement that they put out recently regarding their position, but as the saying goes, everyone has their price.
It might be a lot more than the £1.8bn fee that has been reported, but if the pressure keeps ramping up on the owners and fans take their protests to a level where KSE reach a breaking point, then you just never know when and if the tide may turn.