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(Reuters) – Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek has contacted the family of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to make an offer to buy the Premier League club, but the acquisition could be extended, he said. former French international Thierry Henry. Ek said last week that he had secured the funds to buy Arsenal, valued at $ 2.8 billion according to Forbes. British media reported that Arsenal greats Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira were backing Ek’s bet. But the club’s American owners, criticized by fans following the north London team’s failed attempt to form a separatist European Super League, have dismissed talks about a sale. Kroenke, his son and manager Josh issued a joint statement in response to Ek’s concern saying that they remain “100% committed to Arsenal” and are not interested in selling a stake in the club. “He (Ek) already reached out (to the Kroenke family) and told himself that he had raised the funds to make sure he could make a good deal,” Henry told Sky Sports. “Now they need to listen. Many people have been yelling that they want the owner to leave. We are trying to offer a solution that involves the fans and recovers the DNA of the club. One thing I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not budge, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell. “That is going to take a long time, we know what we want to do, but first of all we have to make sure that we can take control, if they are listening.” Spotify (NYSE 🙂 declined to comment on Henry’s remarks, while Arsenal did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. Arsenal were among six English clubs that signed up for the proposed European Super League project before pulling out amid a storm of protests from fans, players and the British government. The club is ninth in the Premier League standings and in the Europa League semi-finals.