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In May 2017, Kroenke's corporate vehicle re-affirmed its position that the "shares are not, and never have been, for sale", adding that the organisation was "a committed, long-term investor in Arsenal and will remain so".
Following Manuel Veth’s article on the potential for Alisher Usmanov to be involved in Farhad Moshiri’s current 49.9% shareholding in Everton FC, I contacted the team of the Futbolgrad Network with an alternative view.Therefore, for me the question is whether or not Moshiri funds Everton’s development alone or with the compliant financial assistance from Usmanov’s (and his own, to be fair) corporate interests—USM Holding, Megafon etc.To date Moshiri has spent £87 million in acquiring his 49.9% shareholding in Everton, and has options agreements on an additional 23% which based on the initial valuation could cost him and additional £40 million to exercise.Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the sequence of events last February (2016) which led to Moshiri selling his R&W holdings to Alisher Usmanov do not sit with the view that Usmanov’s intent has been to dispose of his AFC interests and invest in Everton.Had that been his intent, the more logical sequence of events would have been for Moshiri to acquire Usmanov’s shares, freeing Usmanov to invest in Everton and begin his investment programme that would have surely followed.The package is a considerable uplift on the previous sponsorship arrangements with Chang, the Thai brewer, but still pales into relative insignificance when compared to the Manchester United and Chelsea deals for example.
Furthermore, they go little way towards the stadium costs, and importantly the anticipated increases in future wage levels as Everton continue their attempt on breaking into the Champions League qualification spots.
The precise value of this deal is still difficult to establish as it is tied into the announcement that included a new shirt sponsorship package providing in total £75 million over 5 years.
The shirt sponsor is yet to be disclosed, and is due any time.
As a result, we spent an entertaining hour exchanging views which can be heard here: Perhaps it’s easiest to deal with point (2) first.
It’s my belief that Usmanov will not dispose of his Arsenal shares held in Red & White Holdings. Firstly, he has stated publicly that it is his intent to hold his shares, for his family to enjoy in future generations.
This perhaps is where the Alisher Usmanov interests will lie in the future.