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DANGOTE PERFECTING ARSENAL’S TAKEOVER NEXT YEAR

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The famous English Premiership side, Arsenal, which is hugely followed in Nigeria, may finally get a perfect Nigerian flavor next year.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote who over the past nine years has indicated interest in buying the club, has rolled out plans for his eventual taking over next year.

Dangote, according to sources, has declared that the takeover could be later this year or 2021. Rich foreigners currently own most of the top clubs in England and other parts of Europe.

Dangote, a die-hard Arsenal fan, has been previously linked with the purchase of the club from Stan Kroenke — a deal that could gulp over $4 billion.

According to Football London, Dangote two years ago, “I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can [make a move for Arsenal],” he made clear.

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“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.”

teased a move for the club in 2020 – although in a more recent interview, Dangote said any takeover would have to wait until a major project aligned with his business empire, the Dangote Group, bore fruit.

“It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on,” Dangote said in an interview with fellow billionaire businessman David Rubenstein published last week.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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