Chelsea’s future is getting closer and closer. The club has been operating for nearly two months with limited capabilities after placing its owner, Roman Abramovich, under sanctions. The fortune of the Russian oligarch in Britain was frozen after his country’s attack on Ukraine.
Abramovich’s problems had a huge impact on Chelsea. The London club cannot sell or buy footballers, nor can it sell league tickets at Stamford Bridge, negotiate new contracts with players, or even sell club memorabilia. The penalties prompted defender Antonio Rudiger to leave the club in the summer after his current contract expired after months of reflection. The German is likely to go to Real Madrid.
The Rennes group, which is involved in the sale of Chelsea, selected three finalists. The first is a consortium headed by Todd Boehle, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball club. The second consortium is run by Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca and NBA president and Toronto Maple Leafs owner Larry Tannenbaum. The third offer comes from British Airways and former Liverpool president Sir Martin Bruton.
An unexpected request from Abramovich
A fan favorite is Boehly, which other major banks recommend viewing. We’ll probably find out who’s buying Chelsea in a few days or so. Sky Sports announced on Thursday that Roman Abramovich has asked all associations to increase their bids by £500m.
An anonymous source confirmed to the station that the request came from the Russian himself and that all Chelsea stakeholders had accepted it. They agreed, even though they had less than 48 hours to make a decision. The amount will be donated to charity in Great Britain.
This is another way Abramowicz and the most important people in the club check the intentions of future owners. Previously, unions had to ensure that after buying the club, they would be its owner for at least 10 years.
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