It would be the seismic moment Arsenal fans have been waiting for. A sensational £1.5billion bid for Arsenal is being lined up by a powerful Middle Eastern investment group.
The investment group from Qatar and the UAE are ready to make the Gunners the big beasts of European football — have been working on the deal for the last four months.
They will make their big move to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke in the next few weeks and aim to take Arsenal to the top of world football. With Arsenal shares currently trading at around £17,000 each, the investors will offer Kroenke £20,000 per share for his 66.64 per cent stake in the Gunners.
The offer of £20,000 a share is designed to seriously tempt Kroenke into selling up.
That would net the American £830million — a profit of around £350m.
If Kroenke accepts, the same offer will be made to the other major shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, who holds 29.11 per cent.
The group want a total takeover of all the shares — although they believe it is possible to work with Usmanov if he decides not to sell.
They also plan to clear the club’s debts of £250m, put separate funds aside for transfers and stop the sale of star players.
A source told SunSport: “These are serious investors with serious money. They are not messing about. “Kroenke must realise it is time to get out.”
There will be an end to the sale of star players like Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie and the finances to bring the cream of the world’s talent to the Emirates. For these men this is not a club which should be living in the shadows of Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea.
And it most certainly should not be in danger of falling behind local rivals Tottenham, who they meet in a showdown at White Hart Lane today.
For this multi-billion pound-backed investment group, Arsenal must be at the very top of the football pyramid. That means battling for the Premier League title and the Champions League every season.
They want the Gunners to be competing with the likes of United, Barcelona and Real Madrid for supporters from all over the planet. And they will not tolerate the best players being sold every year.