Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote has sensationally hinted he may buy Arsenal in 2021 after the completion of his other multi-billion dollar projects.
Dangote, who is believed to be the wealthiest man in Africa, has an estimated net worth of more than £8.5billion through his business exploits.
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Dangote has once again spoken about his desire to buy Arsenal in the future
The Nigerian tycoon has been linked with a bid for the Gunners, currently owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), in the past.
The 62-year-old told Reuters in 2018: “We will go after Arsenal from 2020… even if somebody buys, we will still go after in.”
Dangote has postponed his interest in the north London club to 2021, however, instead wishing to focus on his other business ventures.
“It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day,” Dangote told the David Rubenstein Show, “but what I keep saying today is we have $20bn worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on.
“I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can.
“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.”
Arsenal’s current hierarchy have come under fire in recent months from large sections of the fan base over the way they are running the club.
Last summer, a number of supporters started the ‘We Care Do You’ campaign, in protest against the owners.
However, KSE responded by insisting they were committed to turning things around to guide the club back into Premier League contention.
Arsenal fans voiced their concern at their current owners last summer
Director Josh Kroenke told the BBC last July: “It’s important for them to know how passionate we are.
“When I met with some of the fans’ groups last season I told them that trust is earned over time and I would love for you to trust me now but unfortunately that trust has to play out over the next several years.
“We’re just getting started and hopefully we’ll start to earn more and more trust with the more and more work we put in.
“The Emirates is a place that is always going to be special to me and my family. I’m excited about being here, hopefully a long time.”
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