Daniel Ek says Josh Kroenke has rejected his Arsenal takeover bid – but Spotify boss remains interested in buying club

Daniel Ek says his Arsenal takeover bid was rejected
Daniel Ek says his Arsenal takeover bid was rejected (Picture: Getty)

Daniel Ek says Josh Kroenke has rejected his Arsenal takeover bid because they ‘don’t need the money’ – but the Spotify boss insists he remains interested in buying the Premier League club.

On Saturday evening, Arsenal chiefs said they had not received an offer from Swedish billionaire Ek, while reiterating that they do not want to sell the club.

But Ek, 38, quickly hit back at the claims and insisted Arsenal’s much-maligned owners had received – and rejected – a bid this week.

He said in a statement: ‘Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal Football Club.

‘I think it’s important to correct the record – this week an offer was made to both 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.’

Arsenal supporter Ek announced his intention to buy the club last month, and has received backing from Gunners legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Ek’s plans to buy Arsenal, former striker Henry said: ‘It is true. Daniel is an Arsenal fan. He did not say it for any publicity, he has been an Arsenal fan for a very long time.

‘He approached us, we listened to him. And we knew, first and foremost, that he wanted to involve the fans.’

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