Roman Abramovich His assets may have been frozen by the UK government due to ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Chelsea remain for sale and an acquisition could still occur if proper licenses and warranties are obtained.
In that sense, a race for possession of First League Heavyweights – and the current holders of a respected Champions League Crown – is on, with multi-billion pound bids now in the pipeline.
A range of potential stakeholders at Stamford Bridge have surfaced as interest steadily mounts, from UFC superstars to wealthy West London club supporters, but who are these in the running? GOAL just look…
Billionaire real estate developer Candy, a staunch Chelsea supporter, has spoken with a group of American investors about forming a consortium to buy the Blues.
His £2.5 billion ($3.3 billion) proposal is said to include plans for a £1.5 billion ($2 billion) reconstruction of Stamford Bridge, while the 49-year-old, who is married to former Neighbors actress Holly Valance, has made it clear that he would try to put other fans at the heart of his regime.
Candy told it Sky Sports on the reasons for his interest: “I’ve supported Chelsea since I was four years old. My father was asked to play for Chelsea. i love chelsea
“I don’t care where it ends up, even if it’s not with me, as long as it’s in safe hands.”
The 86-year-old emerged as an early frontrunner having revealed long before Abramovich officially put Chelsea up for sale that he had been offered the opportunity to invest in the club alongside three other parties.
The Swiss – who after founding the American medical device company Synthes was worth 4.3 billion
He has said: “Abramovich is asking way too much right now. You know Chelsea owe him £2 billion. But Chelsea has no money. That means those who buy Chelsea should compensate Abramovich.
“To this day we do not know the exact selling price. I can well imagine starting with partners at Chelsea. But I have to check the general conditions first. But what I can say already, I’m definitely not doing something like this alone. If I buy Chelsea, then with a consortium consisting of six to seven investors.”
The US tycoon is said to be interested in a partnership with Wyss.
The co-founder, chairman and CEO of Eldridge Industries, who has a net worth of £4.72bn ($6.1bn), had turned down two offers for Chelsea in 2019 and is a huge sports fan, having already owned shares in the MLB team Los has acquired Angeles Dodgers and NBA heavyweights the LA Lakers.
One of the more surprising candidates to throw his hat in the ring, the Irish MMA fighter saw his interest piqued when it was revealed Abramovich was looking for a buyer.
He tweeted “I want to explore Chelsea” when replying to a WhatsApp message in which a contact said: “Chelsea is for sale £3bn. Let’s buy it.”
McGregor is known to be a Manchester United supporter and has previously expressed an interest in seizing control of the Glazer family Red Devils. He has also said he is interested in joining Scottish Premiership side Celtic.
Bayrak, a Turkish businessman who made his £8 billion ($10 billion) fortune as chairman of AB Group Holding – a company investing in tourism, cryptocurrency and construction – is said to have met with Abramovich to discuss a potential deal to discuss.
However, he has cast doubt on whether he would be welcome in west London, saying: “I think they don’t want Turkey to buy the club. Everyone should know that the Republic of Turkey is a very large country. Very serious business people come out of that state and we exist and will be all over the world.”
Mr. Martin Broughton
GOAL was able to confirm that Broughton has been in talks about a role in bids being prepared for Chelsea.
He was previously involved in the deal that saw Fenway Sports Group end the disastrous reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Liverpool in 2010.
Broughton, who is a former chairman of British Airways, is negotiating with backers to submit his own bid, although he faces a race against time to raise the funds needed to take part in the tender.
Another fanatical Chelsea supporter who dreams of taking control of the club he loves.
Reuben’s father and uncle – who are part of a £12 billion (US$15.6 billion) deal – bought a 10 per cent stake in Newcastle last year in a £300million (US$391million) takeover -dollar) in the St self-employed.
However, a man who has the likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Boris Johnson among his friends might find it difficult to get the green light from the Premier League due to his family ties to high-profile rivals on Tyneside.
Another bidder is planning a redevelopment of Stamford Bridge as part of their grand plans for Chelsea.
A Middle Eastern approach is spearheaded by Mohamed Alkhereiji, who runs Saudi Media and is CEO of the parent company Engineer Holding Group, founded by his father Abdulelah Alkhereiji.
The company has a turnover of more than £1bn ($1.3bn) a year, while Alkhereiji is a Blues supporter and was present for Abramovich’s last visit to Stamford Bridge in November 2021.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Despite being a lifelong Manchester United fan, a man worth £20 billion ($26 billion) has been a season ticket holder at Chelsea for several years.
Ratcliffe – who runs multinational chemical company Ineos – owns French club Lille and has admitted he was in talks about a deal for the Blues.
He said BBC Radio 5 Live: “There was an early exchange but we were wide apart on ratings.
“The problem with Chelsea is its stadium. We’re all getting older and it’s a decade of your life to sort that out.”
Among the others who have been linked to Chelsea is the New York Jets owner Woody Johnsonwhile talking about moneyball mogul Billy Beane to be part of a bidding consortium.
Jayed Afridiwho owns an automobile company and is the CEO of consumer electronics giant Haier Pakistan, has been brought up as another potential bidder Michael Rubin – the owner of sporting goods group Fanatics, a company valued at over £20 billion ($26 billion).
How much will the Chelsea purchase cost and when is the deadline?
Abramovich is said to have acquired Chelsea in 2003 for just £140million ($182million) at a time when the club were struggling severely.
He has pumped significant funds into the club over his 19-year tenure and said investments have secured 21 trophies – including five Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns.
The Russian billionaire is said to have provided one £3bn ($4bn) asking price Chelsea if he wants to sell but questions have been asked about that valuation and he is no longer allowed to benefit from an agreement after being sanctioned by the UK government.
Anyone looking to strike a deal while the Blues work their way through an off-field testing period must have best and final offers on the table at Stamford Bridge by Friday March 18.