The Russian invasion of Ukraine seriously thwarted the plans of the Russian oligarchy closely linked to Vladimir Putin. Most of them were subjected to sanctions by Western countries, as a result of which their property was frozen. One of the most famous businessmen of this group is Roman Abramovich, who had to offer Chelsea FC for sale in London.
Immediately after the publication of official information about the bid, a queue of applicants appeared. British media are constantly reporting more and more entities wanting to buy Chelsea from Abramovich. The most recent is Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Bigolica. “We are going to make a big, credible offer this week,” Sky Sports quoted a potential buyer as saying.
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Steve Pegolica has released a statement regarding the purchase of Chelsea. Promise to restore Stamford Bridge and preserve the original colors
“In life and in my career it has always been my ethics to be calm and honest, and for the results of my work to speak for me. However, it is essential that I explain more about our Giving Group and its commitments to highlight how seriously we take our potential responsibility to Chelsea.” – said Pegulica, who recently bought a stake in Italian Atalanta.
The club’s official purchase offer will be presented on Thursday. A credible American who meets the relevant requirements of the English Premier League, the British Government and UEFA.
According to Sky Sports sources, the indication in the statement about UEFA confirms its readiness to completely resign from the shares in the Italian club (according to UEFA rules, two teams with a majority belonging to the same entity cannot play with each other. – Editor)
He pointed out that “our first goal and objective is to make strategic investments to continue the competition for trophies and titles,” and added that he believes that he believes in the team’s promotion to the Champions League quarter-finals (Chelsea lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first match – editor’s note).
Bigolica also confirmed that he is committed to never allowing Chelsea to join the Premier League. “We will support our footballers and managers to make the club a title contender, whether it’s in the Premier League, the Champions League or the Women’s Super League. [jedynej Superlidze, w której zamierzamy rywalizować, dla przypomnienia]”- We read.
Bigolica said his consortium “will continue to preserve and protect the club’s heritage and traditions.” In the more than 20 years of owning the Boston Celtics, we have never considered changing the club’s name, colors or logo. This is our guarantee for Chelsea fans, he added.
The statement also promised to rebuild the Stamford Bridge facility. He stressed that “Chelsea is a world-class team, in a world city, with world-class fans: they deserve a world-class stadium”, and stressed that there would be no room for racism or any other bigotry in the stands.
They will take over Chelsea. Who are the businessmen who want to buy the club?
Pegulica can count on the support of NBA President Larry Tannenbaum and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, but not only. This group will be joined by well-known businessmen such as Passport Capital founder John Burbank and B Capital Group co-founder Raj Ganguly.
According to Sky Sports, the American bid will be one of the biggest that Roman Abramovich has received. Apart from Pegulic, many other businessmen are also competing to buy Chelsea, such as: the ex-president, incl. British Airways Sir Martin Bruton, LA Dodgers (MLB) partial shareholder Todd Buehle or the Reckitt family, which operates the Chicago Cubs (MLB). The closing date for submissions is Thursday, April 14.
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