Alisher Usmanov is reportedly planning to invest his vast fortunes into Everton after ending his association with Arsenal.
The 64-year-old – whose fortunate is valued at £11.4billion by Forbes – is ready to put his money into the Toffees after finding himself outmaneuvered at Emirates Stadium by Stan Kroenke.
Usmanov is close friends and former business partners with Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri – but many don’t realise that Usmanov’s association with Everton is already long underway.
USM Holdings, one of Usmanov’s firms, have a £75m sponsorship deal with Everton’s Finch Farm training ground, while the two men both men had stakes in Red and White Holdings before Moshiri left to take control at Goodison Park.
“We are friends with Farhad Moshiri,” Usmanov told Bloomberg. “If he needs the support, I am happy to help.”
Everton might not be the only club in Usmanov’s sights either. According to the financial paper, the Russian could also be tempted to invest in another European club if the right opportunity presented itself.
“Should there be a proposal or a possibility to invest in them with good potential returns, I would consider the deal,” he added.