The Sun names main bidder for purchase of Chelsea from Abramovich
British tabloid The Sun claims that the most likely candidate for the purchase of the Chelsea football club from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen.
The richest man in Britain, Jim Ratcliffe, and one of the founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen, lay claims to purchase the Chelsea football club from the billionaire Roman Abramovich, The Sun, writes without naming information sources.
According to the tabloid, the main bidder is Allen, who already owns the assets in the sport – the American football club Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers which plays in the NBA. He also owns a share in a football club in the American MLS, Seattle Sounders.
Allen has already met with football agent Pinchas Zahavi, who helped Abramovich to buy Chelsea. Allen and Zahavi discussed exactly the possibility of buying the London club, states The Sun. The publication calls Zahavi a close friend of the Chelsea owner.
As Bloomberg previously wrote, Roman Abramovich already received offers to sell Chelsea for $ 2.3 billion, but refused, as he would like to get $ 3.5 billion for the club. The billionaire hired New York bank Raine Group LLC for consultations on a possible deal.
According to Bloomberg's interlocutors, Abramovich is unlikely to be happy selling the football club. Talks about the possible change of ownership of Chelsea began after Abramovich failed to renew his British visa. His application was considered for too long, and the term of the billionaire's stay in Britain expired. As a result, Abramovich received Israeli citizenship, which allows him to enter Britain for up to six months without a visa, however, he has not shown up in London recently.
Against the backdrop of these events, the construction of the new Chelsea stadium was frozen. After Bloomberg published the articles about Abramovich's readiness to part with the club for $ 3.5 billion, Sky News said that its sources in the London club are confident that nothing has changed in relations with Abramovich and the club is not for sale.
The representative of Abramovich’s Millhouse declined to comment on the situation.