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Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek is set to launch a takeover bid for Arsenal with the help of Patrick Viera, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
Daniel, co-founder and chief executive of music streaming service Spotify, has enlisted three of Arsenal’s legendary ‘Invincibles’ to help him purchase the club from current owner Stan Kroenke.
.@JessCreighton1: “Sky Sports has learnt the Swedish billionaire, who is a lifelong Arsenal fan, has enlisted the help of three Invincibles – Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp & Patrick Vieira – to help purchase the club from its present owner Stan Kroenke.” pic.twitter.com/PsmqCDqF4i— afcstuff (@afcstuff) April 26, 2021
Daniel Ek first expressed an interest in buying Arsenal last week, after fans protested outside the Emirates stadium against Kroenke’s ownership and his involvement in the failed breakaway European Super League.
.@Matt_Law_DT: "I have it on good authority that Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira have joined Daniel Ek in his bid to buy Arsenal FC and I am told it is very real."https://t.co/TC7WsuAqMh— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) April 26, 2021
However, according to The Telegram, Ek launch Arsenal takeover bid with three of club invincible legends, with are Patrick Viera, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
The reports explain in details that all three former players have expressed past desires to return to Arsenal, and Ek believes they have “invaluable” knowledge of the football club.
Arsenal identify key transfer target for this summer
Arsenal have reportedly will back Mikel Arteta in market this summer to bringing in new right-back, left-back and attacking midfielder, with Martin Odegaard, who joined the club on temporary from Real Madrid remains their top target.
Odegaard, 22, established himself as a key cog in Mikel Arteta’s midfield, brought quality, composure and an ‘incredible’ work-rate, since arriving on loan from Real Madrid in January.
As a result, Mikel Arteta and the Gunners chief interested in making his temporary deal to permanently but their chances of doing so are limited, with Spanish champions plans to keep the attacking midfielder, who missing Arsenal’s couple of games due to an ankle problem.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have identified two targets in their quest for an attacking midfielder, permitting they cannot land Odegaard and both are Dortmund’s Julian Brandt and Betis’s Nabil Fekir.
With Hector Bellerin future at the club remains doubt, Mikel Arteta’s side are in market for new right-back while left-back back-up for Kieran Tierney is also their priorities in summer transfer window.
Bellerin, 26, has been heavily linked with a move away from Emirates this summer, with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus reportedly interest in signing the right-back.
PSG are held talks with his agent last summer, but Mikel Arteta is played a key role in remains at Emirates stadium this season.
However, according to The Athletic, Hector is likely to depart from Emirates this summer and Arsenal have already looking for replacement of Spaniard star, with Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi remains top target for the Spaniard replacement.
Arsenal have also reportedly begun contract talks with young playmaker Emile Smith-Rowe after an impressive breakthrough season.
In the absence of Mesut Ozil, The End Hale academy graduate injected the creativity the Gunners were craving before snapping up Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan.
The 20-year-old caught the eye since starring in the Boxing Day win over Chelsea, and has looked lively since, even after being shifted out to the left side.
In a reward for his efforts this term, Smith-Rowe has opened contract talks over a new long-term deal, according to The Athletic.
The Englishman is set to enter the final two years of his current deal this summer, and in order to secure his long-term future and drive his transfer value up, the Gunners are set to offer him a bumper new deal, having done the same with Bukayo Saka last year after he burst onto the scene.
Athletic also reportedly that Arsenal are look to sell at least four players this summer in a bid to raise funds for new signings.
The Gunners are open to selling Ainsley Maitland-Niles & Eddie Nketiah, while Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are both expected to be sold. Sead Kolasinac remains likely to leave and Joe Willock impressive form for Newcastle could see him return to first-team next season.
William Saliba will return for pre-season ahead of next season while Dinos Mavropanos will either go out on loan for another campaign or depart in a permanent move.
Official: Folarin Balogun extend his stay at Emirates beyond this summer
Folarin Balogun has sign a long-term contract with Arsenal after Mikel Arteta and Gunners technical director Edu Gasper held a productive talks with the highly-rated forward representative.
The 19-year-old academy graduate looked set for the exit door at the Emirates Stadium with his contract set to expire in the summer, but he pledged his future to the Gunners until 2025.
After a series of strong performances in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign, Balogun has shot himself into contention for the starting place in North London.
Balogun, who regarded as one of the best young forwards in the country, shown his potential in his fleeting appearances for Arsenal’s first team this season, scoring twice in five substitute appearances.
He has also scored nine goals and set up two more in 17 games for Arsenal’s Under-23s in this campaign.
Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry named as first inductees
Premier League record goal scorer Alan Shearer and four-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Thierry Henry have today been announced as the first two players to be named in the official Premier League Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates the exceptional skill and talent of individuals who have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992. It is the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League.
And both Gunners icon Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer named as first inductees, because of their great achievement in Premier League.
Alan Shearer has been inducted as the League’s record goal scorer, having netted 260 goals across 14 Premier League seasons.
Thierry Henry won the Premier League’s Golden Boot award a record four times and scored a club record 175 Premier League goals in 258 appearances for Arsenal. He netted more than 20 Premier League goals in five consecutive seasons between 2001 and 2006.
The Premier League Hall of Fame? Light work for my striker. pic.twitter.com/0gsUVQcYgS— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) April 26, 2021
Following his move to Arsenal in 1999, Henry won the Premier League title twice and was a key member of the ‘Invincibles’ team which went unbeaten during the 2003/04 title-winning season. Along with his scoring prowess, Henry contributed 74 assists during eight Premier League seasons, including a joint-record 20 in 2002/03.
Composure, natural skill and rapid pace saw Thierry Henry redefine forward play— Premier League (@premierleague) April 26, 2021
His outrageous strikes saw him win four Golden Boots, two Player of the Season awards and two Premier League titles
He is the second 2021 Inductee to the #PLHallOfFame pic.twitter.com/rG89fkSizA