Some Everton fans are getting excited about potential further investment from former Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov.
Since 2017, Usmanov‘s USM Holdings have sponsored the Toffees’ training ground and an extension to the deal in the summer of 2019 saw them become Everton’s Official Matchday Presenting Partner, with the MegaFon logo appearing around Goodison Park and on the sleeve of the players’ training kits.
Last year Usmanov revealed that he was ready to increase his involvement with the Merseyside outfit as he hinted at striking a deal with Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri for the naming rights at the club’s new stadium.
“Yes. With great pleasure, if he asks,” he told the Financial Times, when asked if he would like to join Moshiri at Everton. “I am thinking about my investment in this club. I cannot reject Arsenal.
“I will not leave them as a fan. But if I join Everton, then I will wear an Everton shirt, because I am a professional.
“They are going to build a new stadium. Why not the USM Arena?
“It is not obligatory for me to participate myself. I could just sponsor them.”
And recent developments at Everton means Usmanov’s hopes of striking a deal for the naming rights may have been given a major boost.
The big news surrounding the Merseyside club at the moment is a big announcement that was made on Friday, as per the Liverpool Echo, it was confirmed that their plans to develop a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock can proceed.
As expected, the news has garnered a positive reaction from Everton fans, with many speculating about Usmanov’s potential involvement.
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But in August 2018 he accepted an offer of £550m from Stan Kroenke for his shares and as a result the American billionaire became the club’s sole shareholder.
After selling his 30% stake in Arsenal, Usmanov said : “I have decided to sell my shares in Arsenal, which could be the best football club in the world.”