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Usmanov agrees to sell his stake in Arsenal

| Tuesday, 07 August 2018 82comments  |  Jump to last
Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek-born billionaire who has been tipped to join his long-time business partner, Farhad Moshiri, at Everton, has finally agreed to sell his 30% stake in Arsenal.

The Gunners' majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has "received an irrevocable undertaking from [Usmanov's] Red and White Securities to accept the offer," according to a statement, ending a long battle by Usmanov to find a way onto the board of directors at the Emirates Stadium. The deal was due to be completed this afternoon.

Usmanov, one of the richest men in the world, doubled his holdings in Arsenal when he purchased Moshiri's 15% stake in 2016 and continued to seek influence in the club by getting a seat on the board.

As Kroenke continued to shut him out of any say in the running of the club, speculation has built that Usmanov might pull his cash out and head north to Everton to partner with Moshiri in rebuilding the Blues.

Rumour has been rife for much of the year that Bill Kenwright and Jon Woods would sell their remaining shares in Everton with Usmanov stepping in.

With Usmanov insistent for so long that he would never sell to Kroenke, a reunion with Moshiri at Goodison Park now becomes a distinct possibility if he does not decide to pull his money out of the United Kingdom altogether in light of heightened tensions with Russia.

It is also possible that he could invest in Everton in a more unofficial capacity by providing money for the proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, the funding model for which remains unresolved, or a sponsorship arrangement.

Through a spokesman, the tycoon said he was not selling his stake in Arsenal in order to invest further in Everton — his USM Holdings company which he jointly oversees with Moshiri, is already a sponsor of the Blues' training Halewood training complex, Finch Farm.



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Lee Jamieson
1 Posted 07/08/2018 at 10:41:08
Very interesting news over at Arsenal. It seems that Stan Kroenke is making a bid for overall control of the club by making an announcement to the stock exchange of his intentions and thanking Mr Usmanov for his dedication to the club.

Does this now mean Usmanov is going to move his 30% share from Arsenal to become our majority shareholder? He clearly had plans to invest millions at Arsenal and has a keen interest in football which makes me think he is either coming to us or another Premier League club.

Dan Davies
2 Posted 07/08/2018 at 13:25:05
Apparently Alisher, whilst in the city will be taking residence of the top floor of the Liver Buiding.

Of course, whilst being a shareholder in Arsenal it would have been highly controversial for one of his businesses to help fund Everton with their new Stadium.

With Alisher cashing in from Kroenke no such legalities will occur, meaning the stadium may now progress!

Watch this space.

Nitesh Kanchan
3 Posted 07/08/2018 at 13:27:28
Haha, Arsenal fans are already pissing their pants with news of Usmanov leaving them and joining us. Many of them think we will finish above them from now on.
Denis Richardson
4 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:15:23
Oh baby.

Can only mean one thing, we’re the next Chelsea. New stadium, £500m squad and countless trophies here we come.

Christmas just came early for Silva.

Julian Wait
5 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:24:06
He's already quoted as saying he's not selling to invest in us, but we'll see. It does seem rather excellent timing... and he's a UK resident so not worried about visas like the Chelsea fella.
Geoff Lambert
6 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:25:02
I remember the first away game after Moshiri was unveiled, that was also in the midlands and we where singing from the stands " we're fukin rich" at the villa fans. Lets hope for the same sort of song on Sat. Could be changed to "we're megga rich"!!!
Michael Mcloughlin
7 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:27:34
Usmanov spokesman states Ustinov not going to invest in Everton and has no visa or residency problems.
Rob Halligan
8 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:28:14
Just to add to the doom and gloom of some, in the last hour or so, the Guardian are reporting that Usmanov has no interest in investing in us. How the Guardian get that story when Usmanov has not even sold his shares, or its even been confirmed he's going to, is beyond me.
Andy King
9 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:32:05
After the game on Saturday I was told by someone working at (not for) Everton that there was big news coming out this week. Having no idea about the reliability I wrote it off as guesswork on his part. The last week of the transfer window and the first game of the season was bound to throw up some news.

But if it was this?!? Imagine a multi-fucking-billionaire turning up at Everton with a point to prove...

Geoff Lambert
10 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:32:24
Alisher Usmanov confirmes he has now sold his shares in Arsenal, and is heading up North to see his bezzi mate for a chinwag.
John Malone
11 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:36:01
If there is a god let Usmanov jump on board and do a Man City and more with us!

Trying my best not to get excited but this stink’s of him joining up with his best pal Moshiri!

David Chait
12 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:36:20
Dare we allow ourselves to dream!
Michael Lynch
13 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:41:58
To be fair, I'm happy to miss out on Ustinov this season if we can get the Cribbins lad in. We need our talent out on the pitch, not in the boardroom. Maybe further down the line we can tempt the big Russian fella to come on board though. His money's as clean as anyone else's. Well, perhaps not, but personally I don't give a fuck if he's washed it in the blood of tiny puppies as long as he spends it on our new ground.
Dale Rose
14 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:45:04
Happy fucking days. Welcome Mr Usmanov.
Michael Mcloughlin
15 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:45:09
Spokesman for Usmanov states he is not investing in Everton David Coon reports
Derek Thomas
16 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:46:05
Could all be 2+2=5. There are various new-ish political, financial and legal developments happening at the mo ment. A hard or No Brextit, Brexit, rising Interest rates, mini cold war with Russia, to name but 3.

Sometimes selling an investment for a profit is just selling an investment for a profit.

Wait until it is officially announced...if it ever is.

There are possibly more ways to put money into a Club from 'the outside' than being sat in BPB's seat in the Directors Box

Thomas Lennon
17 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:46:15
It is a shame players can't be bought and sold as quickly as £550 million in Arsenal Shares.
James Marshall
18 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:46:59
We're already drenched in Ustinov's money anyway so a few more roubles washed in the tears of young peasant children isn't going to matter.

I hope we sign Usmanov though.

Geoff Lambert
19 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:47:50
Spokesman for Usmanov states He will never sell his shares in Arsenal.
And if for some reason he would, it would not be to Stan Kroenke.
Derek Thomas
20 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:49:34
Thomas @ 11; Money never needs to pass a medical, or pay agents fees or agree terms mate.
Ash Moore
21 Posted 07/08/2018 at 14:51:31
I'm more of the opinion that Usmanov is pulling his cash out before the pound inevitably collapses post Brexit. When the Greeks looked like they were leaving the Euro there was a mad scramble by footballers to get out. (A few ended up at relegated Rangers over the border for example.)
Merle Urquart
22 Posted 07/08/2018 at 15:10:16
This is Everton, remember, Kenwright will fight this tooth and nail...
James Hughes
23 Posted 07/08/2018 at 15:18:59
Wouldn't get too excited about this story. I would love him to bring his backing to our club but can't see it happening.

Selling his shares in Arsenal was always going to happen and he has just hyped the price up.

Drew Shortis
24 Posted 07/08/2018 at 15:39:47
Mega money would be great, but we're progressing as things stand. A new stadium on the way and some decent players coming in. If this happens then great, but I'm not going to get my hopes up.

We needed investment as we were seriously falling behind the top six and had been for many years. Now we have enough to at least keep us stable. I'm not sure how I'd feel about being the next Chelsea or Man City. I think there's a certain pride in earning your success. This might not be a popular opinion, but since the Premier League era the teams that I think earned success are Man Utd, Arsenal and Leicester. Chelsea, Man City & Blackburn all outright purchased their titles. Perhaps I'm just stuck in a certain mindset, but I just don't know how I'd feel about winning merely due to the size of the owner's chequebook.

Andrew Ellams
25 Posted 07/08/2018 at 15:52:04
Pretty much every source says he ain't going to be investing in any Premier League club.
Paul Ellam
26 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:11:53
Please please please let Usmanov throw his "considerable" money our way. I would love us to be the next Man City. Just in time for the breakaway European league too!

The thing is, we should be an exciting prospect for Usmanov. He can be the big daddy shareholder like he wants to be, the club will soon have a shiny new stadium – named after him if that's what it takes – and the chance to build a trophy-laden dynasty like Abramovich has.

It surely has to appeal? Especially when his buddy Farhad paints the picture for him!

David Connor
27 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:12:17
Come on down, M Usmanov and join the best-supported team in the country... You know in your heart it makes sense... Please.
Kev Jones
28 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:21:15
Lev Yashin’s ghost with a gun to his head rolls a privatised billion dollar rouble free ball to Usmanov far out on the right. He traps the money ball, no cement bag and the Russian crowd don't like that, they cheer without fear when he's in the mixer hacked down from behind - does he not like that! theres a brawl off the ball - all elbows and punches - he’s off! an 8 match ban what was he thinking? (later rescinded, hmm the VAR blinking)

So back on the pitch he's a little unfit, but passes to banks, banks to mines, mines runs on, cuts in field to minerals then into mobiles, gathering his millions, hoarding an arsenal of oligarch shares, rolling nicely to Abramovich, the billion dollar ball, Roman to Putin the midfield general, bare chested all high but not so free press, passes funny money squillions, a neat cross to Usmanov to London where the price of his Highgate house pushes up, makes house prices rise, pushing ordinary people and their homes to one side.

He's crossed over the channels but cant buy the bus that Kroenke has parked in the emirates plush - but wait - whats this - a quick one two with Moshiri his pal - the ball hangs in the air - is he gunner be a blue? and pow! The toffees have scored - the champions league is theirs! the rule of the few emblazoned on their shirts!

So who gives a shit if his money is legalised theft
its just the premier league and we want to be best
At last its no longer our deeds from the past
and we’ve beaten the reds from the first to the last.

Paul Bernard
29 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:21:47
Said it before, say it again, good things never happen to us. I don't expect AU to invest in us. I expect he will invest in Chelsea, Spurs or even Liverpool before us. The yanks across the park will sell for a profit.

If AU invests in us, I think WW3 will break out that very afternoon.

Drew Shortis, I understand your point 110%, I think the same way, but trust me, when Everton win at Anfield to mathematically secure the Premier league trophy, I couldn't give two hoots about how much was spent. I will be found nearly dead in a gutter in town somewhere rotten, still singing allez allez ohhh because I don't know what day it is.

Martin Berry
30 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:31:38
Mr Usmanov is not going to come out straight away and say he will now invest in Everton, but in time and through other ways,ie like Finch Farm, may well aid our development.
If the gentleman has a desire to enjoy and part own a football club ( which he previously has) then where better to do it than with his friend and business partner Farhad Moshiri, what this space but give it a little time.
Colin Glassar
31 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:35:52
If Usmanov does buy into the club it won’t be tomorrow or even this month. I think he’ll wait until the storm blows over down sarf (he’s a gooner at heart and still loves them) and when it’s prudential, like early December, he’ll make his move just in time for the transfer window to open.

Smart man that Usmanov.

Ray Said
32 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:56:35
Kev Jones (28) I am getting your post tattooed across my back mate
Keith Harrison
33 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:58:26
Hit my 40 post max on Bernard, so reading this.

If Mr Usmanov is investing with us, he'd be pretty wise to keep it to himself until at least Friday so those charlatans we are attempting to buy from don't suddenly double the ante. That's maybe why there appears to be dampeners put out today. At least that's the craic on the grassy knoll.

Joe O'Brien
34 Posted 07/08/2018 at 16:59:35
Or maybe it'll actually be February, Colin,so we don't get fleeced in the January window.
Tony Everan
35 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:12:47
I too would prefer to earn it or partly earn it or as Kev #28 says, to hell with all that if it means winning the Premier League at Anfield in a couple of seasons time.
Brent Stephens
36 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:16:16
Kev #28 - very good! very original.
Jer Kiernan
37 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:58:00
This does tie in with rumour that Bill Kenwright was finally gona fuck off in Aug and take his "passion" and empty promises with him, Also, it did not look like Uzmanovwas going to sell out to Kronke up till a few weeks back so shows how much the press know on these things

If The Guardian don't have a story, they will make one up (then beg you for some spare change)

Let us wait and see... much much stranger things have happened.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

38 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:11:45
Kev @ 28.

Superbly crafted post.

Stewart Lowe
39 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:27:23
If I were an Arsenal fan I would be livid that Usmanov is on his way. Kroeke is 71 years old and has never seemed to create an Arsenal domination of the premier league. He seems more content with hovering around the top 6. He has owned, and still does own other teams in America, and none of those have gone on to dominate the leagues that they play in. If he eventually partnered Moshiri here at Everton, I cant even see the Saudi's at man City being able to out muscle us for the best players.
Joseph Murphy
40 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:33:01
Those on here implying Usmanov’s cash is somewhat tainted or washed should hold their heads in shame.

Mr Usmanov is an honest, hard working man, who made his money in the steel industry. There, he’s a man of steel.

Now what’s the Russian for a man of steel? Oh yes! Well, bad example but you know what I mean.

Welcome on-board Dear Leader, just hurry up.

Peter Warren
41 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:38:52
I don't think it's clear Usmanov will invest in us, however

If he was going to he would be best to do so without being owner of the club. Clearly, he has business interests with our owner and would make sense him dressing up investment to get around fair play rules til we grow big commercially.

The investment to name Finch Farm seemed iffy to me and sets a precedent to name the stadium and pay ludicrous amounts per annum for naming rights etc.

Personally, I just want to see an exciting football team on the pitch that tries.

Tony Abrahams
42 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:39:33
It all makes perfect sense!
Gordon Crawford
43 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:54:56
Heres hoping. Though I won’t hold my breath.
Keith Harrison
44 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:57:06
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Keith Harrison
45 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:59:47
Ďeffo going to Putin some cash.
Darren Murphy
46 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:17:59
IF this did happen then why not? The other shite got backed by money only business men, that's the only way to compete nowadays. As if a goal scoring machine like Aguero would go to that history less jokers otherwise. We've been class for years... awhile back mind. But we're a deserving candidate and we deserve some luck. Love it to happen. Get in if possible looney tunes.
Darren Murphy
47 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:21:55
Just seen that kev. Golden lad, golden. Hahaa
Marcus Leigh
48 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:41:38
Anyone remember the scenes 10 years ago when Man City supporters were dancing in the streets having heard the news that their club was being bought by Arabs with bottomless pockets?

Instant access to vast, previously unimaginable funding from foreign investors is hardly the way I'm sure most of us would want to see our club restored to the upper echelons of English football (far more romantic to do it the Leicester City way, I guess). But for many years now I don't remember hearing the 'Fuck all - you've never won fuck all' chant echoing around GP while we entertain our sky-blue friends from the other end of the M62.

Would any of us moan if Usmanov turned us into the next Man City? Well, I for one certainly wouldn't. That's football these days. Rather us than Huddersfield or Bournemouth or Wolves.

And after nearly 60 years of being a cross-bearing Blue, I would, before I finally shuffle off this mortal coil, dearly love one more chance to see this club pushing for glory again. Oh, and beating the RS on a regular basis. That would be nice, too Mr Usmanov. Please.

Raymond Fox
49 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:59:33
I'll be very surprised if we don't see some more investment from Usmanov in Everton.

Maybe not immediately but at a more strategic time when it suits him and Moshiri.

Jim Hardin
50 Posted 07/08/2018 at 21:48:37
Perhaps Usmanov will instead invest in the stadium or development of the area around the stadium instead of Everton itself. This would seem to make more sense with a lease arrangement to Everton or a joint venture or partnership. This would then allow Moshiri to use money otherwise earmarked for the stadium for player acquisitions/wages.
Paul Birmingham
51 Posted 07/08/2018 at 22:09:14
If and the proverbial, massive if, the potential that could be unleashed.

I sense that gutter press will do their best to tar and stain any potential investment even if weren’t to happen. That’s this countries media standard assessment of any big stakes take over of merger.

The Panorama programme tried to pour scorn on Everton’s dealings in wake of FMs take over.

I’ll pray and hope that this won’t be Russian roulette and this time fate and fortune run well for EFC.

Gordon Crawford
52 Posted 07/08/2018 at 23:53:08
Rumour is that he is looking to invest in a European club and not Everton. But who knows.
Gavin Johnson
53 Posted 07/08/2018 at 00:01:26
Does Usmanov even need to invest officially? According to the BBC Paradise papers he's already involved. It will be interesting to see if Moshiri buys BKs reaming shares over the next few months.
Dan Davies
54 Posted 08/08/2018 at 00:54:03
Yes Gav, I'm guessing Farhad will take a controlling interest very soon. Wheels on fire, rolling down the road....
Andy Meighan
55 Posted 08/08/2018 at 10:01:05
A lot of people jumping the gun here. This sort of thing doesn't happen to our club... Right?
Victor Yu
56 Posted 08/08/2018 at 10:33:37
We can always dream.

But don't get too excited.

I mean even if one day the Beckhams are to be separated it doesn't mean Victoria will start dating me.

Jerome Shields
57 Posted 08/08/2018 at 10:45:35
There has been a difference in Everton's attitude signaled by the purchase of Richarlison. Whilst there has been an emphasis on reducing the wages bill and getting rid of deadwood, they seem to have moved up a gear as regards their long-term plan.

The two centre-back positions have been identified as being intolerable. The signing of Bernard means that Everton are seen as serious contenders in the transfer market and is a signal to suitable players that have been out of reach, because of a reluctance to playing for Everton, that things have changed.

Everton are a better prospect now than Man Utd, who are heading in the other direction under Jose the Obnoxious. Usmanov coming on board could be the background catalyst to all this.

Dermot Byrne
58 Posted 08/08/2018 at 11:01:41
Victor...excitement and disappointment: nature of the game for 99% of fans to varying degrees.

Seems to me that uncanny Victor/Victoria coincidence is a basis for excitement. NewsNow are already publishing rumours of David B pushing for a "transfer"!

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
59 Posted 08/08/2018 at 12:10:39
Moshiri sold his 15% stake to Usmanov for £200m

Usmanov sold his now 30% state to Kronke for £550m

Now being the accountant that I am, I can work out that Usmanov has made £75m profit on £200m in the space of 2 years. That is some rate of return, or maybe explains the sponsorship of FF as the price in 2016 was undervalued. Or it could be that Farhad is not the smart businessman we thought he was.

Dermot Byrne
60 Posted 08/08/2018 at 12:29:05
Phil...could this have been the long-term plan from the start?

Always dreaming!

Brian Williams
61 Posted 08/08/2018 at 12:31:42
Or it could be that Farhad is not the smart businessman we thought

Well if he's NOT smart I'd love to know he managed to become a billionaire.

Luck?

Kev Jones
62 Posted 08/08/2018 at 12:41:52
Thanks for the responses to my verse rant.

They make me ask does our desire for success pose a bit of a question about how we think of ourselves as Evertonians?

In these times when everyone is questioning their loyalties to different identities personally and nationally why would we be so ready to identify with the Russian rouble?

Do we really want a dear leader who is like Stalin, the β€˜man of steel’ as he was known back in the day?

As my verse suggests, if you look at Usmanov’s business history you will see that he is one among many oligarchs to profit from the sale of state owned assets. All men of steal.

James Marshall
63 Posted 08/08/2018 at 12:46:57
We're already run by Russian money - Moshiri's wealth is Usmanov's wealth, same source so if we're going to get upset by taking on the rouble, I'm afraid that horse has long since bolted.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
64 Posted 08/08/2018 at 12:47:44
Brian, I didn't think it was the third so that leaves it with the first two.
Dave Lynch
65 Posted 08/08/2018 at 12:51:55
Usmanov is eyeing up Milan, he will have sole and total control over them, he won't come near Everton.

The big news someone mentioned could be Pickford to Chelsea as there keeper is reportedly due in Madrid for a medical.

Rob Halligan
66 Posted 08/08/2018 at 13:00:08
Dave, 64, I've not heard about any big news, yet, regarding us today, but it's definitely not Pickford to Chelsea. Chelsea are about to splash out £71M on the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper.
Brian Williams
67 Posted 08/08/2018 at 13:16:19
Errr Dave, you omitted to say that Chelsea are about to sign a keeper from Spain themselves. Will be the most expensive keeper signing so your Pickford to Chelsea is bollocks mate!

Great minds Rob!

Rob Halligan
68 Posted 08/08/2018 at 13:18:59
Agree Brian. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Soren Moyer
69 Posted 08/08/2018 at 13:34:20
According to some reports, KENWRIGHT TO STEP DOWN AT EVERTON as early as tomorrow! and Usmanov will move to the Goodison Park boardroom.
Kev Jones
70 Posted 08/08/2018 at 14:35:25
Reverie occasioned by the thought of Usmanov’s billions


Lev Yashin’s ghost with a gun to his head rolls a privatised billion dollar rouble free ball to Usmanov far out on the right. He traps the money ball, no cement bag and the Russian crowd don't like that, they cheer without fear when he's in the mixer hacked down from behind - does he not like that! theres a brawl off the ball - all elbows and punches - he’s off! an 8 match ban what was he thinking? (later rescinded, hmm the VAR blinking)

So back on the pitch he's a little unfit, but passes to banks, banks to mines, mines runs on, cuts in field to minerals then into mobiles, gathering his millions, hoarding an arsenal of oligarch shares, rolling nicely to Abramovich, the billion dollar ball, Roman to Putin the midfield general, bare chested all high but not so free press, passes funny money squillions, a neat cross to Usmanov to London where the price of his Highgate house pushes up, makes house prices rise, pushing ordinary people and their homes to one side.

He's crossed over the channels but cant buy the bus that Kroenke has parked in the emirates plush - but wait - whats this - a quick one two with Moshiri his pal - the ball hangs in the air - is he gunner be a blue? and pow! The toffees have scored - the champions league is theirs! the rule of the few emblazoned on their shirts!

So who gives a shit if his money is legalised theft
its just the premier league and we want to be best
At last its no longer our deeds from the past
and we’ve beaten the reds from the first to the last.

Dave Lynch
71 Posted 08/08/2018 at 15:12:54
Brian.
If you read my post correctly it stated "could" not "is" or "definite".

So it "could" have been but obviously it isn't.

Keith Harrison
72 Posted 08/08/2018 at 19:59:33
Usmanov having a medical at Finch Farm.
Keith Harrison
73 Posted 08/08/2018 at 20:01:02
Bloody predictive text.

Usmanov having a meal at a Finchley Factory.

Sorry.

Brent Stephens
74 Posted 08/08/2018 at 20:01:31
...checking his wallet with a stethoscope for signs of moths...
John Sagar
75 Posted 09/08/2018 at 16:26:12
Keith #72
Usmanov already has part of the farm that's why we got the 75m sponsorship deal last year from USM holdings - both men involved in the running of that!!
Staring to see why we can spend like a kid in a sweet shop now
Hugh Jenkins
76 Posted 14/08/2018 at 13:14:47
According to a report in the Echo today, which was earlier in Bloomberg, Usmanov is willing to consider investing in EFC.
Andrew McGreavy
77 Posted 14/08/2018 at 13:19:15
Now being reported by Sky that Usmanov is up for investment in Everton under certain conditions, Oh yes this could be huge
Dan Davies
78 Posted 14/08/2018 at 13:31:03
I wonder if Alisher has thick blue shag fitted in his penthouse suite overlooking the Mersey?
Jim Harrison
79 Posted 14/08/2018 at 13:55:03
Being reported across various news sites now. Quote made to Bloomberg
Jamie Crowley
80 Posted 14/08/2018 at 14:05:15
Kroenke is an asshole. You'd be hard pressed to find three Americans who think he's done anything worthwhile.

I've never been happier that he's such an ass. He pushed Usmanov out the door, and Usmanov hopefully will "pass his medical" as Keith says, and invest in Everton.

Game changer for sure.

Bill Kenwright for Alisher Usmanov? Anyone object? Didn't think so.

James Morgan
81 Posted 14/08/2018 at 14:12:47
From the horse's mouth then, Usmanov would consider coming to Everton if the potential returns are there and, if Moshiri needs his help, then he's in. Would be a game changer. Arsenal and Spurs would certainly be the ones quaking the most I reckon.
Jamie Crowley
82 Posted 14/08/2018 at 14:19:35
This is going to happen.

This is probably why we're borrowing again to sign players (based on Paul the Esk's recent article).

We know the borrowing is backed by Usmanov.

Big, shiny new stadium, top players signed, exciting new coach, corporate appointments and structure, all of it.

We're on the verge of getting back into the major leagues.

Counting my chickens from the eggs, I think we're about to enter a whole new world.

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