Dangote Eyes Arsenal Takeover In 2021
Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa, has renewed his interest in acquiring Premier League club, Arsenal.
The business mogul, who is worth about £8.5 billion, is said to be planning his move for 2021 after he must have finished building his refinery in Lekki, Lagos.
Dangote, who was speaking in a chat on David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg, said he intended to take Arsenal to the next level.
“It is a team that, yes, I would like to buy someday, but what I keep saying is we have $20bn worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on,” Dangote said.
“I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe sometime in 2021 we can.
“I’m not buying Arsenal right now; I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.”
Dangote had first declared his intention to buy Arsenal in 2015. The club is currently is currently owned by American billionaire, Stan Kroenke, who has come under fire for his lack of interest in bettering the fortune of the club. Fans have accused him of having more interest in his other sports teams including Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, Denver Nuggets of the NBA, Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer and Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League.