Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale and has set his asking price at £4 billion.
The 55-year-old, who has owned Chelsea since 2003, distanced himself from the club over the weekend by handing over his ‘stewardship and care’ to the trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation.
The UK Government has faced calls to freeze Abramovich’s assets, as well as anyone who allegedly has ties with Vladimir Putin, as part of its sanctions against Russia.
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Abramovich, who denies any link with Russia’s president, has rejected multiple offers to sell Chelsea in the past.
But according to reports, Abramovich is now actively looking to sell the club and demanding a £4bn fee.
However, the report claims that Abramovich, who bought Chelsea for £140 million nearly 19 years ago, is expected to receive offers in the region of £2bn.
On Tuesday evening, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss claimed that he, along with three others, had received a proposal to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.
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‘Abramovich is one of Putin’s closest advisers and friends. Like all other oligarchs, he is also in a state of panic,’ the 85-year-old, who is worth an estimated $5.8bn, told Swiss newspaper Blick.
‘Abramovich is trying to sell all his properties in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly. I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.’
Asked if he will take up Abramovich on his offer, Wyss replied: ‘I have to wait four or five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much.
‘You know Chelsea owe him £2billion? But Chelsea has no money, which means that whoever buys Chelsea has to compensate Abramovich.
‘As of today, we don’t know the exact selling price.
‘I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners, but I have to examine the general conditions first. But what I can say for sure is that I’m definitely not doing something like this alone. If I buy Chelsea, then it would be with a consortium consisting of six or seven investors.’
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