Chelsea bidders: Who Roman Abramovich could sell the club to

Roman Abramovich has reportedly received several offers for Chelsea, although none have yet reached the owner’s £3 billion ($3.9 billion) valuation, according to ESPN.

The Russian oligarch bought Chelsea for nearly $190 million in 2003 from British businessman Ken Bates. Abramovich is also said to have turned down offers of £2.2billion for the club in the past, but outside pressure amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Abramovich to declare his intention to sell the club last week. .

The sale is being handled by New York-based investment bank Raine Group with a March 15 deadline to submit bids.

“The sale of the club will not be expedited but will follow due process,” Abramovich said in a March 2 statement. declaration. “I will not ask for any loan repayment. It was never about business or money for me, but pure passion for the game and the club.

Interested parties include Todd Boehly, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers, who has teamed up with Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss to make an undisclosed offer. Boehly recently tried unsuccessfully for NWSL champion Washington Spirit.

ESPN reported that private equity firm RedBird Capital Partners, which has Oakland A executive vice president Billy Beane as an adviser, is considering a bid. Turkish billionaire Muhsin Bayrak also confirmed Turkish media that he made an offer of less than £2.5 billion for the club.

Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is also preparing to make an offer, while other links to offers from the United States include speculation regarding Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Josh Harris and the Chicago stewarts. Cubs, the Ricketts family. MMA star Conor McGregor has also expressed interest in buying the club, although he is not considered to be playing seriously.

Another potential buyer mentioned is UK developer Nick Candy, whose spokesperson told ESPN he is “actively exploring a number of options”. His potential bid is said to be £2.5bn.

Under Abramovich’s ownership, Chelsea have won two Champions League trophies, five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup, four Women’s Super League titles and three Women’s FA Cups.

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