Gunners interest Ecclestone

21 July 2007 12:34
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has refused to rule out launching a takeover bid for Arsenal. The Gunners are believed to be on the verge of receiving a buyout approach from American billionaire Stan Kroenke, who already owns 12 per cent of the club's holding company. But now Ecclestone has entered the picture as a possible bidder in a reported £650 takeover. The 76-year-old has yet to speak to anybody at the Emirates Stadium but admitted he would be interested. "If somebody offers me something I think is good value, I will have a go," he said. "I'm interested in anything if it's cheap enough." Ecclestone, who is worth a reported £3billion, knows former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, who left the club in April following a fall out with the board. "I obviously talked to David when they chucked him out, which I thought was a bit unnecessary," said Eccelstone. Meanwhile, Ecclestone has also admitted he once considered making an offer for Chelsea alongside Renault team boss Flavio Briatore. "Flavio and I were interested in Chelsea not so long ago," he confirmed. "I do go to Chelsea. Flav and I went to matches. I go when I've nothing else to do. "What problem would I be in with Chelsea if I bought Arsenal?"

Source: ESA