British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, has tried to take advantage of Roman Abramovich’s visa issues with the UK to buy the Stamford Bridge outfit from the Russian, but the Chelsea owner has rejected an approach from Britain’s richest person to buy Chelsea Football Club.
Ratcliffe, the billionaire boss of multinational petrochemicals giant Ineos and a season-ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, expressed an interest in buying the club amid speculation the Russian oligarch could be prepared to sell.
According to Sportsmail, Ratcliffe’s advances were swiftly repelled, with Abramovich making it clear he has no intention of cutting ties with Chelsea despite his recent decision to put the club’s stadium plans on hold.
Ratcliffe is a Manchester United fan but watches football at Stamford Bridge because it is close to his Chelsea home. Last season he was also a guest at the club’s Cobham training ground.
Last month’s Sunday Times rich list valued Ratcliffe at £21.05bn, compared to Abramovich’s £9.3bn valuation.
Chelsea have released a statement claiming that Abramovich remains committed to the club he has owned for 15 years.