Daniel Ek reveals Arsenal takeover bid rejected as Kroenke family ‘don’t need the money’

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Spotify co-owner Daniel Ek says the Kroenke family has rejected a bid from him to buy Arsenal.

Ek, the Swedish entrepreneur behind the music-streaming service Spotify, first revealed his takeover interest last month after owner Stan Kroenke’s ill-fated attempt to lead Arsenal into a European Super League.

The Super League project collapsed amid fan anger and government opposition, while protests have continued ahead of games at the Emirates - where fans are locked out due to the pandemic.

On Saturday evening, Ek took to Twitter to shoot down “inaccurate reports” that he had not submitted a bid to buy Arsenal from the Kroenkes, though says his offer was rejected as the family told him “they don’t need the money”.

Ek tweeted: “Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bif 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."

Kroenke, who also owns the NFL's Los Angeles Rams, gained full control of Arsenal in 2018.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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