Nigerian billionaire, Alhagi Dangote GCON (Order of the Niger), is preparing to make a bid for England’s Premier League giants, Arsenal.
Marked as the richest man in the West African country, and the 96th wealthiest man in the world,
Alhagi, 62, the, Founder and Chair of the industrial conglomerate, the Dangote Group, is putting plans together to stake his case for a takeover bid for the north London club as soon as he has completed his petroleum refinery – the largest in Africa - set-up in Lagos.
The refinery is due for completion in 2021.
Valued at $14.1billion by Bloomberg’s Billionaire’s Index, he (Alhagi) is a well-known massive Arsenal fan and has made several bids to take-over the club in recent years, which, each time, has been rebuffed by the ‘Gooner’s’ (Arsenal’s nickname) owner – and fellow-billionaire – American business man Stan Kroenke.
Dangote said: “As a supporter, Arsenal is a team that I am interested in buying.
“I’m going to look at the idea of making a bid once this contract (petroleum refinery) is completed.
“I do, though, have several projects that I have to complete. So, I am not looking to buy Arsenal right now.
“I’m looking to take them (Arsenal) to the next level, so, I’ll be looking to make a bid next year”.