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Daniel Ek: Who is the Spotify founder bidding to buy Arsenal?

Daniel Ek: Who is the Spotify founder bidding to buy Arsenal?

Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek is said to be teaming up with three former Gunners to buy Arsenal from current owner Stan Kroenke

Robert Mann

Robert Mann

Arsenal could be approaching a shock takeover involving Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek and three former Gunners - but what is Ek's motivation in buying the club?

According to The Telegraph, Ek is looking to team up with Arsenal legends in Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira in a bid to buy the north London club from Stan Kroenke.

The news comes after the fallout from the club's involvement in the collapsed and highly controversial European Super League.

Hundreds of Arsenal fans protested demanding the club owner Stanley Kroenke to leave last week
Hundreds of Arsenal fans protested demanding the club owner Stanley Kroenke to leave last week

The Gunners were one of six Premier League teams set to take part in the breakaway competition, which was announced on April 18, but began to fall apart two days later as English clubs began to withdraw amid pressure from fans, players, coaches and pundits from all corners of the sport.

Despite Arsenal's exit from the project, supporters protested American Kroenke's ownership of the club this week.

Hundreds of fans made their opinions known outside the Emirates Stadium ahead of their side's 1-0 home defeat by Everton last Friday.

An official announcement of a £1.8bn takeover attempt of the north London club could be launched 'within days', states ITV News.

However, it should be noted that Josh Kroenke, son of Stan, has already revealed they have no intention of selling.

Here, SPORTbible takes a look at everything we know so far.

Who is Daniel Ek and what is his net worth?

Ek is a co-founder of Spotify and the music streaming platform's CEO.

The Swede, whose net worth is $4.7bn - according to Forbes - has publicly said he is a lifelong Arsenal fan.

The problems at Arsenal appear to be deep-rooted, with the three-time Premier League champions still aiming to recover from the departure of legendary boss Arsene Wenger in 2018.

And Ek's willingness to lead a period of positive change at the Emirates Stadium is likely to capture the heart of Arsenal fans in a way that the club's present owner has never managed.

Who else is involved?

As per the Telegraph's report, Arsenal greats Henry, Bergkamp, and Vieira - all part of the 'Invincibles' side of 2003/04 - are teaming up with Ek as part of the potential takeover.

Would Stan Kroenke sell?

KSE completed a takeover of Arsenal back in 2011, before taking full control in 2018.

Last week, Kroenke's son Josh - who is a non-executive director at Arsenal - said the club is not for sale.

What have the fans said?

As Ek expressed his interest in buying the club last week, the Arsenal Supporters' Trust said they "will support any potential purchaser who will allow fans to own a real equity stake and give fans a meaningful say in how our club is run".

The trust played a key role in making #KroenkeOut a top trend on Twitter last week.

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Topics: Arsenal, Spotify