Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp says that takeover hopeful Daniel Ek has reached out to club chief Josh Kroenke twice after making a bid.
Despite Gunners owner Stan Kroenke warning in a statement that Spotify founder Ek’s advances would be rejected, the Swede pushed ahead with an offer. The bid was subsequently rejected, but talk of a takeover has not gone away. Indeed, fans have protested about Kroenke outside the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks.
Ex-Arsenal star Bergkamp is working alongside Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira in supporting Ek’s advances.
But as a result of the takeover rejection, the former insists that he wants a conversation with the Kroenke’s at the very least.
“I understand that, in addition to that offer, Daniel has now reached out twice to Josh Kroenke and his bankers,” Bergkamp told Voetbal International.
“Whatever Kroenke’s intentions are, it would be good if we at least have a conversation with each other. In the interest of the club.
“Regardless, Daniel is not a quitter and neither are we football boys. We are here to stay.”
Out of all the ‘Big Six’ Premier League teams who announced bombshell plans to form a European Super League last month, Arsenal are the club whose future has become the most uncertain as a result.
Manchester United fans postponed the clash with Liverpool by protesting at Old Trafford. However, the Glazers remain largely unchallenged in their ownership.
Indeed, Arsenal are the only club who have a genuine contender to succeed their current chiefs.
Despite Ek’s advances failing to date, Bergkamp added that the Spotify founder is in it for the right reasons.
Bergkamp backs Ek’s Arsenal takeover
“Daniel has been an Arsenal fan all his life. A real. He also appeared to be worried about the downturn at the club for some time.When the Super League dominated the news for days, Daniel just about exploded,” Bergkamp added.
“That was when he wanted to continue and contact us.During a Zoom meeting with Thierry, Patrick and I, he shared his concerns and plans with us.
“That made an impression from the first moment.It immediately became clear to me how deep the supportership is with Daniel.
“I think that’s important: Daniel doesn’t see a takeover as buying a nice toy.On the contrary.”