The richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, is said to be drawing up plans in which he will buy Arsenal and admits manager Arsene Wenger needs to change his style…or face the sack, according to the Metro.
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A self confessed Gunners fan, Dangote is worth an estimated $15.7 billion, and has previously attempted to buy a stake in the club back in 2010, but talks fell through and the deal ended up not going ahead.
However, since then his wealth has increased drastically, and the 58-year-old is now looking to resume talks, confirming his desire to buy the club, but only if the price is right.
“I still hope, one day at the right price, that I’ll buy the team,” he told Bloomberg Business.
“I might buy it, not at a ridiculous price but a price that the owners won’t want to resist. I know my strategy.”
Dangote made his wealth mainly through the sugar and flour business, but confessed that he didn’t see himself attempting to buy the club just yet.
“We have $16 billion-worth of investments in the next few years,” he added.
“Right now I want to take my own business to a certain level. Once I finish on that trajectory, then maybe [an offer will follow].”
And he carried a further warning for manager Arsene Wenger, claiming the Frenchman needed to change his style as the club desperately needs to head in “a new direction”.