Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to reject ANY offer after Spotify's Daniel Ek linked with new £2BILLION takeover bid
ARSENAL owner Stan Kroenke will reportedly reject ANY new offer from Spotify billionaire Daniel Ek.
It was earlier claimed that the life-long Gooner was set to increase his bid to £2BILLION after having a £1.8bn proposal turned down last month.
The American family, who are under huge fan pressure after a lack of recent success and the European Super League farce, insisted they 'don't need the money'.
According to the Daily Mirror, Kroenke's stance will not change even though Ek – who is backed by Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira – is prepared for a long battle.
Earlier, the Daily Mail reported that Ek – who is said to be worth £2.8bn – was set to increase his original offer by £300m.
The 38-year-old publicly spoke of his desire to take control of his beloved side after fan protests aimed towards the Kroenke's in April.
The club since failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years and crashed out of the Europa League semi-final to eventual winners Villarreal.
Ek subsequently teamed up with Invincibles Henry, Vieira and Bergkamp in his bid to become owner.
He previously revealed: “I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was eight years old.
“I love the history, the players, and of course I love the fans.
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“So as I look at that I just see a tremendous opportunity to set a real vision for the club, to bring it back to its glory.
“I want to establish trust with the fans and engage the fans again. So I’m very serious.
“I have secured the funds for it and I want to bring what I think is a very compelling offer to the owners and I hope they hear me out.”
Gunners legend Vieira begged Kroenke to sell up last month as he declared that they are going nowhere.
The Frenchman, 44, told the ITV Football Show Podcast: "In the last couple of years I believe that the club didn’t take the right direction.
"And I think it is time for change. If the change doesn’t happen, I believe that Arsenal will be in a difficult position.
"We can only make a judgement from outside.
"We watch every single Arsenal game and it is difficult to recognise the club that we used to play for.
"It’s difficult to understand the reasons why Arsenal went down the last couple of years but obviously losing Arsene [Wenger] and not finding the right sort of crew to handle the fact that Arsene wasn’t there wasn’t in place.
"And I think every single year Arsenal didn’t get through to the Champions League or even this year to the Europa League. So this is a big disappointment for all of us as Arsenal fans.
"But we get to the time where everybody at the club, the Kroenke's need to get more involved to take Arsenal back where the club should be.
"If that’s not the case, I think it is time for them to let the club go and let somebody else take care of the football club."
Meanwhile Dutch icon Bergkamp has also stressed that Ek and his former team-mates are not giving up on their quest to take control of the club.
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