Below is a list of confirmed bidders who have announced they will be looking to buy English football club Chelsea after Russian team owner Roman Abramovich was hit with UK government sanctions at following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. MUHSIN BAYRAK
Turkish businessman Muhsin Bayrak has said his company is preparing to submit a bid for Chelsea, adding he will need sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s blessing for any deal. Bayrak said he had £1bn and could take out loans if a larger amount was needed.
NICK CANDY British property developer Nick Candy, a Chelsea supporter since childhood, has said he is interested in bidding for the club.
Sky News reported that a central part of Candy’s pitch to buy Chelsea was the proposal to offer fans a seat on the board and he was in talks with financiers to join his bid ahead of a bid deadline. at the end of the week. It will also offer short-term funding if Chelsea face a cash crunch, the report adds.
Candy will be joined by a familiar face to Chelsea fans as former player and manager Gianluca Vialli said he was working with the British property developer on his proposal. SEBASTIAN COE
World Athletics chairman Sebastian Coe has joined a consortium including former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton who are hoping to buy Chelsea. “I am certain that Sir Martin is the ideal man to lead Chelsea Football Club into its next chapter,” Coe said in a statement to British media.
THE RICKETTS FAMILY AND KEN GRIFFIN The owners of the American baseball team the Chicago Cubs, the Ricketts family, have teamed up with Citadel founder Ken Griffin to work on an offer to buy Chelsea, a doorman has said. -word of Griffin.
They have formed an investment group who are expected to make a formal offer for the London club on Friday. Reuters was told the bid did not involve hedge fund firm Citadel, but only Griffin.
HANSJOERG WYSS Swiss business tycoon Hansjoerg Wyss is interested in acquiring Chelsea, Swiss newspaper Blick has reported.
In a video on his website, Blick said Wyss told him he “remains interested despite the new circumstances,” after sanctions imposed on Abramovich put the sale process on hold. (Compiled by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk Editing by Toby Davis)
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