Billionaire former Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov ‘considering shock move for League One side Charlton’
- Alisher Usmanov last month sold a 30 per cent share in Arsenal for £600million
- But the 64-year-old billionaire is believed to be keen to remain in English football
- Charlton are in turmoil with unpopular owner Roland Duchatelet keen to sell up
Alisher Usmanov is reportedly considering using the £600million he made from selling shares in Arsenal to launch an incredible swoop for League One side Charlton.
Alisher Usmanov is reportedly considering an incredible swoop for League One side Charlton
Eleven years on from dropping out of the top flight, Charlton sit 10th in League One with unpopular owner Roland Duchatelet facing protests from supporters.
The Mirror claim the Belgian businessman is hoping to sell the club for around £20million — around £6m more than he paid for it four years ago.
It’s alleged that the London side lose around £10m a year, with Duchatelet so far unable to find a willing buyer.
During his time at the helm, as reported by Sportsmail last month, the club has racked up debts of £60 million, with staff going unpaid and fans growing increasingly alienated.
Crisp packets were thrown on to the pitch in the latest protest organised by Charlton fans
Duchatelet hasn’t attended a Charlton game since 2014 – the same year he bought the club
Duchatelet hasn’t been to a Charlton game since 2014 but that has not stopped supporters voicing their discontent through protests both inside and outside The Valley.
‘The football business doesn’t suit me. Too irrational,’ the Belgian said this month.
‘If you want to lose real money, buy a football club…Investing in football was the mistake of my life.’
Nevertheless, the Mirror claim Usmanov has spotted potential in the club, who recently appointed Lee Bowyer as their permanent manager.