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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 August 2007, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
Arsenal interest F1's Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
Ecclestone's personal fortune is valued at 2.2 billion
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is interested in buying Arsenal.

Arsenal are valued at 432m, but five directors who own 45% of the club have signed an agreement to resist any takeover that will run until April.

"The directors don't want to sell and have signed a lockout agreement for a year, so we will have to wait and see what happens then," he told The Times.

"A lot can change in that time. I am still very interested. If I could buy Arsenal I would, but I'd want control."

Ecclestone, whose personal fortune is valued at 2.2bn, is a friend of former Gunners vice-chairman David Dein, who walked out of the club last season after a boardroom row over a possible takeover.

American sports magnate Stan Kroenke has also been linked with a possible takeover, having spent 65m for 12.2% stake in the club in the last year.



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