Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote – the richest man in Africa according to Forbes – wants to buy the Arsenal club and fire the team’s iconic coach, Frenchman Arsène Wenger.
Aliko Dangote has an estimated fortune of $ 12.5 billion and is the owner of Dangote Group, a multinational conglomerate that is currently building an $ 11 billion oil refinery in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria.
Once this refinery is built, Dangote wants to take over Arsenal, he said in an interview with Bloomberg.
The Nigerian thinks he can convince majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who owns 67% of the club, and Alisher Usmanov, who owns 30%, to sell their shares.
“If they have a good offer, I’m sure they’ll agree to sell. Someone will make them an offer they’ll seriously consider. And when we finish the refinery, I think we’ll be in a position to do that. “said Aliko Dangote.
If his offer is accepted, he would part ways with Arsene Wenger immediately. “The first thing I would change would be the coach,” he added.
Arsene Wenger has won the Premier League title three times with Arsenal and won the FA Cup seven times, but fans are divided over whether he is still the man for the job to lead the squad.
Dangote said Wenger “had done a good job” but believed it was time “someone else took a chance”.
Kroenke resisted an offer in May from Arsenal’s second largest shareholder, Usmanov, to the tune of $ 1.3 billion. The approach would have valued the club at $ 2 billion.
Arsenal is valued at $ 1.9 billion by Forbes.
Version originale: Alan Dawson/Business Insider