Cape Town - Alisher Usmanov has suggested
that he would be willing to invest in Everton after striking an agreement to
sell his 30 percent stake in Arsenal to Stan Kroenke.
Usmanov's USM Holdings sponsor the club's
training ground, Finch Farm, and he is a friend and business partner of Toffees
part-owner Farhad Moshiri.
"Should there be a proposal or a
possibility to invest in them with good potential returns, I would consider the
deal," the Russian told Bloomberg.
"We are friends with Farhad Moshiri.
If he needs the support, I am happy to help."
Usmanov bought his stake in the Gunners
from David Dein in 2007. Since then, the value of the north London outfit has
more than quadrupled.
"When I bought the stake in Arsenal, I
believed that football brands would be able to generate profit. This is
happening now," he said.
The deal Kroenke struck with Usmanov for
his Arsenal stake was a major step in the American's plan to take full control
of the club.