Stan Kroenke would likely need to receive a “crazy” offer to consider selling Arsenal – that is unless he is forced into the sale or loses interest in the club.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Sky Sports revealed on 9th June that Daniel Ek had increased his bid to buy the club.
Ek submitted a £1.8billion offer in mid-May that was swiftly rejected by Kroenke but the Swedish billionaire has returned with a £2bn proposition.
The music streaming mogul joined forces with Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Viera in his side-along PR war for the takeover.
But Maguire claimed that the £2bn bid is highly unlikely to persuade Kroenke to part with his “trophy asset.”
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Kroenke doesn’t need the money. So his ownership or non-ownership is dictated by three factors.
“First of all, a price which is crazy to turn down, and £2billion is not that. And secondly, the necessity to sell, which he doesn’t have because he’s independently wealthy.
“The only other thing which could change that is if he says: ‘I really can’t be bothered with this anymore’.
“His son seems to be very keen, a bit of an Arsenal fan. So there’s a case for keeping it in the family. In that sense, Arsenal is a trophy asset.”
Arsenal fans staged mass protests after Kroenke attempted to take Arsenal into the European Super League in April.
The Premier League announced on Wednesday that the six breakaway clubs would share a £22million fine.
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