The deadline has been set for March 15, but Roman Abramovich could receive his first Chelsea bid as early as today or by the end of the week. British tabloid the sun Reports indicate that a Swiss-American consortium consisting of Todd Boelly and Hansgeorg Weiss has intensified negotiations in the past few hours and will be ready to offer the Russian businessman a figure of around 2.3 billion euros. However, the amount is far from the target that Abramovich has set for himself of 3.4 billion euros, as estimated by the current European club and world champion. For Boehly, this is an expansion into the world of sports, having already acquired shares in the Los Angeles Dodgers American baseball team. Wyss, on the other hand, is a Swiss billionaire who owes his fortune mainly to investments in the medical sector. But the advantage of potential buyers lies not only in economic availability, if more than in the time factor, which Abramovich is seriously short of.
According to British media, the Russian oligarch is in a hurry to close the deal, at least before dropping sanctions like those that have already hit many of the oligarchs considered very close to Vladimir Putin. Sanctions that have so far not directly affected Abramovich, despite pressure on Boris Johnson’s government from several British parliamentarians and Russian activists such as Alexei Navalny who explicitly asked London to hit the Chelsea boss. In order to negotiate the sale of the club, Abramovich hired American bankers at the Rennes Group. At the moment, The Sun explains, in addition to that history for some Swiss-American consortium, there are at least two other offerings under evaluation. Chelsea will also be interested in Jim Ratcliffe, one of the richest men in the UK who can boast a fortune of around 7.2 billion euros. Ratcliffe chairs chemical giant Ineos, the UK’s largest private company and the world’s third largest in the chemicals sector.
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