Tasks: Roman Abramovich ready to sell Chelsea – for 40 billion
Last week, he handed over the reins to a charity. Now Roman Abramovich should be ready to sell his Chelsea. According to information to British Sky News, the Russian owner has put a price tag on the club and is ready to listen to bids.
It costs just under SEK 40 billion (three billion pounds) to buy Chelsea, who won the Champions League last year. This is stated by Sky News , which on Wednesday writes that Abramovich’s adviser has set mid-March as the first deadline for any bids.
Sources close to the club say that eight billionaires have been contacted and a bid of just over 32 billion Swedish kronor (two and a half billion pounds) should have already been received earlier this week. The bid, however, was rejected by Abramovivtj.
One of the people who, according to his own statement, has been asked the question is the Swiss Hansjörg Wyss. Wyss tells German Bild that he is considering buying the club.
– Like all other oligarchs, he also panics. Abramovich is trying to sell all his villas in England He also wants to get rid of Chelsea. I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich, says Hansjörg Wyss to Bild.
55-year-old Roman Abramovich has owned Chelsea for almost 20 years and has steered the club to its most successful period ever. Under the Russian leadership, Chelsea have won the Premier League five times and the Champions League twice.
According to Forbes magazine , he was worth $ 12.9 billion in 2019, which then made him Russia’s eleventh richest man.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, a number of Russian businessmen have suffered economic sanctions. Abramovich is not yet on a sanctions list – but will nevertheless have strong links to Vladimir Putin.
These links have also been the subject of several discussions in the British Parliament. Among other things, when Labor member Chris Bryant the day after the invasion demanded that Britain confiscate Abramovich’s assets and forbid him from owning a football club, citing his close ties to the Russian state.
On Saturday, the Russian, who also has Israeli and Portuguese citizenship, handed over control of the club to a charity.
– I have always made decisions with the club’s best in mind. I remain true to these values. That’s why I’m handing over the management of Chelsea FC to Chelsea’s charity today, Roman Abramovich said at the time.