Nigerian billionaire poised to buy stake in Arsenal
Published 23:00 23/05/10 By John Cross
Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote could be poised to complicate Arsenal’s ownership even further.
Billionaire Dangote is believed to be interested in buying Lady Nina Bracewell Smith’s 16 per cent stake in the club.
Bracewell-Smith put her £160m worth of shares on the market earlier this year through a broker and has also attracted interest from Eastern Europe.
But Uzbeki tycoon Alisher Usmanov and American businessman Stan Kroenke - the two big shareholders - were not interested in making a full takeover bid.
It means Dangote - former head of the Nigerian stock exchange and passionate football fan - could throw a third hat in the ring at Arsenal, even though the board do not believe any takeover is imminent.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s want-away captain Cesc Fabregas will join up with his Spanish team mates today for their World Cup training camp.
Fabregas, 23, who has told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger he wants to leave, is also waiting anxiously as Barcelona prepare to make their move this week, as revealed in Mirror Sport last week.
But Barcelona are reluctant to go over £30m while Arsenal insist they do not want to sell and will point to Cristiano Ronaldo going to Real Madrid for £80m last summer. Arsenal insist they will bat away any approaches this week.
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