Speaking recently to the Financial Times, in an article published today, when asked whether he would like to join Farhad Moshiri at Everton, Usmanov said: “Yes. With great pleasure, if he asks. 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.”
The article also states a week after the interview, Usmanov brokered the deal to bring Carlo Ancelotti to Everton.