Chelsea are apparently still in the market to be sold, with a report in the Mail that the club are seeking a deal in the region of £2.5 billion and three potential buyers have been sounded out.
 
Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe remains in contention claims the report, having been linked in recent seasons to purchasing from Roman Abramovich. Ratcliffe recently purchased Team Sky cycling team (to be renamed Team Ineos), so it would appear money isn’t an issue for the 66-year old.
 
The other two potential buyers are unknown US and Asian finance groups – all three groups have allegedly held ‘exploratory’ talks over a sale which is still being refuted by the club.
 
Roman Abramovich has stopped attending games at Stamford Bridge since the end of last season, due to visa issues in the UK.
 
If a sale is to eventually occur, it would be seen as a positive to see an extremely rich British group run the club, but the report in the Mail states that Jim Ratcliffe’s group is eyeing up investment in a French Ligue 1 club instead – leaving a potential battle between the Asian and US groups for control of Stamford Bridge.
 
Nothing is concrete here and if the talks have taken place then it’s at least encouraging that if Abramovich wants out, he is looking for a heft price, which would likely mean heavy investment and hopes of reviving the stadium improvement plans.

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