Russian billionaire not interested in buying Arsenal

MOSCOW: Russian billionaire industrialist Vladimir Potanin dismissed yesterday a British press report that he was in line to buy into premier league club Arsenal. 

The Independent yesterday said Potanin, a metals magnate, was considering investing up to £120 million (US$203 million) in a new stadium in return for a share of the London club. 

“Vladimir Potanin has no plans to acquire any sports clubs whatsoever,” said a spokeswoman for his mining empire's parent company Interros. 

A press release by Interros said reports that Potanin was in talks with Arsenal were untrue. 

Potanin, a former Russian deputy prime minister, is one of a small group of “oligarchs” who were awarded multi-billion dollar industrial empires in the privatisation of Russian industry in the 1990s. 

Fellow oligarch Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea three months ago, winning the club the nickname “Chelski” in the British press, and stocking it with top players from around the globe. – Reuters 

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