Alisher usmanov walked away with a cool £600million after selling his Arsenal shares to the American Stan Kroenke, and it was expected that he would switch his allegiance to Everton. But now it is being reported that the Russian oligarch is set to take over League One Charlton, and it will only cost him a paltry £20million for a club that was in the Premier League just 12 years ago.
Darren Lewis from the Daily Mirror believes that the Uzbekistan-born businessman sees potential in Charlton, and he wrote:
“Unpopular absentee-owner Roland Duchatelet is said to want around £20million for the the south-east London club he took over in 2014 for a similar amount.
Charlton are believed to be losing around £10million a year, with Duchatelet’s attempts to sell so far unsuccessful. Fans have led a series of protests at his running of the club and a series of cost-cutting measures which have angered staff.
Duchatelet said this week: “My conclusion is that the recipes from the business world are totally unsuccessful in football. [Investing in football] was a mistake.
I really hope that Usmanov does buy them as it would be interesting to see exactly how much he would invest to get the Latics back into the Top Tier. He has spent years telling us how much he wanted to invest in new players at Arsenal to make them great again, but was never allowed any say in the club by Kroenke.
Could he do it now at our poorer neighbours?