Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal by 2020
Nigeria and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has revealed that he hopes to acquire the English Premier League club Arsenal by 2020.
Dangote, attempted to purchase the club in 2010 but failed and now hopes to buy the club in 2020, revealing that he will wait for investments in gas pipelines to yield dividends, before making his decision.
“There’s no doubt,” Dangote told Bloomberg Television. “It’s not a problem Maybe three to four years. The issue is that we have more challenging headwinds. I need to get those out the way first and start having tailwinds. Then I’ll focus on this. It’s not about buying Arsenal and just continuing with business as usual. It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around. I’ve run a very successful business and I think I can also run a very successful team. Right now, with what we’re facing, over $20 billion of projects, I cannot do both.”
If Dangote succeeds with his acquisition, he will add his name to the record books once again, as he becomes the first African to ever own an English Premier League club.
Ancelotti warns PSG, & “Lewandoski is not for sale!”
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti is determined to keep his priced gem and has warned off top clubs such as PSG, who have showed interest in the phenomenal player in recent weeks.
PSG had their eyes on the Poland international, who they thought would be a great replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who sealed a move to Manchester United during the transfer window.
However, Bayern refused to sell but this has only roused their interest as they continue to keep an eye on him, in hopes of getting him to sign a deal with them.
Ancelotti though, has revealed that the club is working on renewing Lewandoski’s contract, just in case PSG gets any ideas.
“I would not trade in Lewandowski for anyone,” Ancelotti told L’Equipe.
“Lewandowski going to PSG is impossible. That will never happen. Well, maybe in five or 10 years. I think he will sign a contract renewal with Bayern.”
Rooney hits back at critics
Manchester United skipper, Wayne Rooney, has slammed critics, after heavy criticism has been thrown is way, as many questioned his form and his abilities after United’s 3 consecutive losses.
The England international went under fire after this and fans have questioned Jose Mourinho’s decision to retain him in the starting line up.
Rooney though, seems unbothered by the critiscm, saying the criticism aimed at him is “rubbish”, while speaking to the club’s official website.
“I think I’ve had that [criticism] my whole career – a little bit more of late, I think, but that’s football.
“I listen to my coaches and my team-mates, the people around me, and I don’t really listen to what a lot of people out there are saying because a lot of it is rubbish. I have to focus, work hard, of course, and I’ve done that throughout my career. I’ve worked hard and tried to do my best for the team.”
“That’s football, I think,” he added. “We don’t win in three games and, of course, everyone is going to talk about it. We had a bad week, a bad eight days where we’ve lost three games, and it’s important now we react well to that and come through that.”
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan