Roman Abramovich puts Chelsea up for sale and wants £3BILLION.
According to SunSport Abramovich has approached a group of US financiers with a previous interest in sports ownership deals to see if they can smoke out genuine bidders.
The news comes as Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss claimed he has ALREADY been approached by Abramovich.
Wyss, an 86-year-old businessman who now lives in Wyoming in the USA, told Blick newspaper: “Abramovich is one of Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers and friends.
“Like all other oligarchs, he is also in a panic.
But There Are Emerging Doubts That The Russian Oligarch Will Receive Anywhere Near That Mark.
There Is A Sense That Securing An American Buyer, Potentially Through A Hedge Fund, Might Be The Best Route Towards A Sale. But Abramovich’s Links With A Russian Regime That Has Caused So Much Destruction In Ukraine Could Lead To Reluctance From Interested Parties To Deal With Chelsea.
Swiss Billionaire Hansjorg Wyss, Worth £4.3bn, Claims He Has Been Approached To Consider Buying Chelsea, Potentially As Part Of A Consortium.
Speaking To Swiss Newspaper Blick, Wyss Said: ‘Like All Other Oligarchs, He (Abramovich) Is Also In A Panic. Abramovich Is Trying To Sell All His Villas 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.
‘I Have To Wait Four To Five Days Now. Abramovich Is Currently Asking Far Too Much. You Know, Chelsea Owe Him £2bn.
‘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 Already Say: I’m Definitely Not Doing Something Like This Alone. If I Buy Chelsea, Then With A Consortium Consisting Of Six To Seven Investors.’
However, There Is Doubt Whether A Consortium Style Takeover Would Have Longevity Given The Huge Financial Demands Expected At A Club The Size Of Chelsea.