Chelsea targeted by three groups in £2.5bn race to buy club

Paola Ditto
Aprile 15, 2019

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have held "exploratory talks" with three parties in recent weeks, as they investigate the possibility of selling the club.

Jim Ratcliffe, Britain's richest man, has always been linked with a potential takeover bid, but his opening offer is thought to have been significantly lower than the £2.5bn asking price, and Ratcliffe has now turned his attention to Ligue 1 side Nice.

Further, according to The Mail, the club has sounded out proposals from three parties, including United States and Asian groups.

The fall of the Roman Empire?

Chelsea have officially not offered any indication that Russian billionaire Abramovich, 53, is contemplating calling time on his 16-year tenure as owner. Having been denied a visa last May, the oligarch has had to overlook his prized asset from a distance.

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Getty Images Richard Heathcote

Abramovich has since acquired Israeli citizenship, which would allow him entry to the United Kingdom, but has apparently declined the opportunity to attend games in person.

Abramovich has plowed hundreds of millions of pounds into Chelsea since buying the club for £140 million in 2003.

His investment has brought about a golden age for the club, with honors including five Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.

This season the Blues, under manager Maurizio Sarri, have enjoyed mixed fortunes, and find themselves fourth in the league table with a battle on their hands to secure a Champions League spot.

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