Multi-billionaire, Aliko Dangote may be initiating talks over a potential buy at Arsenal Football Club. Talks in that direction could start-up in the nearest future, The Nation reports.
Aliko Dangote has not made any official statement about the purchase of Arsenal Football Club in the past year. That is however expected, especially taking into cognizance the issue of the Coronavirus pandemic in the past year.
Dangote has never hidden his desire to buy out Stan Kroenke at Arsenal and become the owner at the Emirates Stadium.
Africa’s wealthiest man expressed his intentions in June 2015, after admitting he wants to buy Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith’s 15.9% stake in 2011, which was eventually purchased by Stan Kroenke.
Again, in September 2016, he made it known that buying the club is a question of time rather than money.
In August 2017, he mentioned the oil refinery as a key project saying: “I don’t want to go after Arsenal until I deliver the refinery. Once I deliver, I will go after Arsenal.”
In January 2020, he reiterated again that:
“It is a team that yes I would like to buy someday, but what I keep saying is we have $20 billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on. 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.”
With Dangote’s position that he would only commence Arsenal talks after he has delivered on the refinery he is currently constructing, it is possible such talks will commence this year as the refinery is expected to become operational any time in 2021.
According to Forbes List, Dangote is the 206th richest man in the world with a net worth of $11.8billion and has always said the conclusion of his oil refinery in Lagos, Nigeria would be the time when he would think about Arsenal once more.