Alisher Usmanov could take over Belgian club Anderlecht, according to latest reports.
Arsenal’s second highest shareholder Alisher Usmanov is in talks to to buy a 75% stake in Anderlecht. That’s according to Inside World Football, who report that Usmanov had been approached about the deal, which could be worth £71m.
A spokesman for Usmanov’s holding company, USM Holdings, didn’t rule out the deal, but stressed that he remains interested in Arsenal.
“Mr. Usmanov has received various proposals, including a suggestion regarding the acquisition of RSC Anderlecht, but no decision has been made. Mr. Usmanov remains a loyal and dedicated fan and shareholder of Arsenal,” the spokesman said.
Usmanov owns 30% of the London club, and appears no closer to gaining Stan Kroenke’s majority stake. That being said, there’s no question of his loyalty to the Gunners.
The Uzbeki was recently a part of a BBC Panorama about his involvement in Farhad Moshiri’s takeover of Everton, but has adamantly denied having any investment in the Merseyside club.
Arsenal fans may be worried by the latest claims that he’s looking for another investment, but Usmanov has insisted that he would not sell his share to the American and seek another club.