One story doing the rounds has been that of a potentially shocking sale of Chelsea Football Club by long-time owner Roman Abramovich – who apparently does have a price in mind if he were to part with the club he bought back in 2003.
SunSport says via Bloomberg that a price of £3 billion would be the magic number to get a deal rolling and that the Russian owner has already drafted in advisors from a bank to talk about a potential sale of the west London club.
Interestingly it’s reported that US sanctions against rich Russians are forcing Abramovich to think twice about Chelsea and that experts from a New York bank have been advising on what the best moves to make would be regarding the club’s future ownership.
There are contradicting reports out there however, with SunSport writing that sources have denied any such moves by Roman Abramovich, whereas Bloomberg say that £3 billion would be the ‘price is right’ number and one possible buyer could be Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Despite having the mantle of the richest man in Britain, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is possibly not that well-known of a name in his country, but with a residence in Chelsea and a net worth of over £20 billion it’s perhaps not a surprise to see the 65-year old Englishman linked with a possible purchase the club. One possible downside to the Blues faithful is that Ratcliffe is a self-confessed Manchester United fan.
All this talk of a sale has escalated since Roman Abramovich ‘withdrew’ his application for a new UK visa (via BBC News) – contrary to reports the he was denied a new one by the government.