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Alisher Usmanov’s Past Revealed

by | 2nd, October 2007

ALISHER Usmanov has made the step from the blogs to the newspapers. (Pic: Beau Bo D’Or )

Many now know all about Usmanov’s past. For those unaware, the Mail notes that the Russian is a former “fencing champion”.

We might learn even more about the man who would own Arsenal. The Times’ Matt Dickinson says the English media sit down with Usmanov for the first time today. (The press pack are off to Moscow, or at least as many hack as you can fit on a Gulfstream jet are.)

But this is not the first time Usmanov has met with the English. As the Independent reports, the billionaire took along his wallet for talks with Liverpool and Spurs.

But he opted for Arsenal because he loves the team. And note that £120 million would have bought him a larger slice of Spurs than the 23 per cent stake it has secured in their rivals. (Two years ago Jo Lewis bought a controlling stake in Spurs for £100million.)

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