Soccer-Henry says Spotify CEO Ek has contacted Arsenal owners for Reuters take-over bid

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(Reuters) – Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek has contacted the family of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to make an offer to buy the Premier League club, but a takeover could be extended, said said former French international Thierry Henry.

Ek said last week he had secured the funds to buy Arsenal, valued at $ 2.8 billion according to Forbes. British media have reported that Arsenal greats Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are backing Ek’s candidacy.

But the club’s US owners, under fire from fans over the North London side’s failed attempt to form a breakaway European Super League, have dismissed talks of a sale.

Kroenke and his son and manager Josh released a joint statement in response to Ek’s interest saying they remain “100% committed to Arsenal” and are not interested in selling a stake in the club.

“He (Ek) has already contacted (the Kroenke family) and thought he had raised the funds to make sure he could make a good offer,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“Now they need to listen. A lot of people have been shouting that they want the owner to come out. We’re trying to come up with a solution involving the fans and getting the DNA of the club back.

“One thing I want to reiterate is that Daniel won’t be leaving, he will be there to see if they want to sell.

“It’s going to take a very long time, we know what we want to do, but first of all we have to make sure that we can take over, if they are listening.”

Spotify (NYSE 🙂 declined to comment on Henry’s comments, while Arsenal did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

Arsenal were among six English clubs that signed up for the proposed European Super League plan before pulling out amid a storm of protests from fans, players and the UK government.

The club are ninth in the Premier League and Europa League semi-finals standings.

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