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Daniel Ek ‘to launch £1.8bn bid’ days after Kroenkes’ value of Arsenal emerged

Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek and his consortium will launch a £1.8bn takeover attempt of Arsenal ‘within days’.

The Swedish billionaire, worth £3.4bn according to Forbes , expressed his desire on Twitter to buy the club as fans protested against their owners, the Kroenkes, following the European Super League fallout.

It has since seen speculation emerged of the 38-year-old putting together an offer with club legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira due “within a fortnight”.

But ITV have reported that Ek’s bid for the Gunners could come sooner than that.

Joined by the Invincibles of the 2003/04 Premier League-winning season, the takeover offer is set to be made ‘within days’.

The Spotify co-founder may face a challenge, though, as it was only last week that director Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan, shut the doors to a sale.

When asked about the issue in a fan Q&A, the American said: “I’m not willing to answer that question because we have no intention of selling.”

And an offer of £1.8bn would be just below the family’s reported £2bn valuation of the club.

Calls for the family’s departure from Arsenal have come after making the club one of the 12 teams in the attempted European Super League breakaway tournament.

When they were forced to take back the decision, fans protested in their thousands for Kroenke to leave during the 1-0 loss to Everton on Friday.

And it saw Ek show his intent to buy his boyhood club, tweeting: “As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I'd be happy to throw my hat in the ring.”

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  • The Swede, who co-founded the music streaming service in 2002, has been a Gunners fan since he was a boy.

    He watches all Arsenal games, according to Sky Sports News , and even streams them on his laptop during Spotify board meetings.

    And one of his consortium members, Henry, has become one of the two inaugural members of the Premier League Hall Of Fame.

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