Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, has revealed he wants to buy Arsenal


Stan Kroenke is a very unpopular figure among Arsenal fans.

The American business man is has an extreme amount of money, with Forbes estimating his net worth to be $9.7 billion.

However, despite his wealth, Arsenal's owner has been reluctant to spend big on players.

He did permit Unai Emery to spend £137m last summer, but that die little to appease fans who still want him to leave his post as owner.

And he could be persuaded to step down as owner if Aliko Dangote gets his way.

Dangote, Africa's richest man, has mentioned in the past that he wants to own Arsenal in the future.

And, in a recent interview on the David Rubenstein Show, Dangote again reiterated his desire to buy the English club in the near future.

"It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that's what I really want to concentrate on," he said, per the Mail.

But Dangote said that a deal to buy Arsenal will only put in place next year.

"I'm trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can," he added.


"I'm not buying Arsenal right now, I'm buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I'm trying to take the company to the next level."

So, who is Dangote?

Dangote was born on April 10, 1957.

He first started business at the age of 21. He has since worked his way up and has founded Africa's largest cement provider.

Dangote also dominates the sugar market in Africa.

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Has owns the largest refinery in Africa and the third largest in the world, producing 800,000 tonnes of sugar annually.

His ventures have seen him earn an estimated net worth of $14.4billion, making him the 96th wealthiest man in the world, according to Bloomberg's Billionaire's Index.

That means he's almost $5 billion richer than current Arsenal owner, Kroenke.

So, if Kroenke is listening to offers, Dangote has more than enough financial power to persuade him to sell.

However, Arsenal fans can't get too ahead of themselves.

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It's unknown whether Dangote is genuine with his claims or is just making them for publicity.

Secondly, Kroenke has shown no intent of selling the club and only took complete control of the club in 2018.

It's unlikely that he would want to sell the north London side so soon after buying it outright.

But Arsenal fans can dream. It'll be interesting to see if Dangote backs up his claims and does put a serious offer in for the club.

But it's likely that we will have to wait until 2021 or beyond for that to happen.

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