Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea in 2003, and the Russian spent a lot of money to transform Chelsea who were edging outside a Premier League winning side to become one of the most feared clubs in the Premier League and Europe as well.
Under Abramovich, Chelsea have won 15 major trophies, including a Champions League trophy and 5 Premier League titles. Chelsea have been nicknamed the Roman Empire by some fans as Abramovich’s investment has tremendously helped the club.
Chelsea is not officially for sale, but current owner Roman Abramovich has become an increasingly distant figure due to problems with his visa and he has withdrawn plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge, and this has heightened the rumours that the Russian is ready to sell the club.
Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe is interested in buying Chelsea Football Club and has held initial talks over a potential takeover, according to reports.
The British billionaire made his wealth by founding petrochemicals company Ineos and Ratcliffe is thought to have a net wealth of £21billion. The billionaire has already shown his interest in the sporting scene by agreeing to purchase Team Sky, but Chelsea FC is the biggest catch he’s yearning for.
Ratcliffe is believed to be a Chelsea fan and has been a season ticket holder for many years and currently owns Swiss football side Lausanne-Sport, who ply their trade in the top-flight in Switzerland.
Reports claim that Abramovich will only sell Chelsea at a price of £2.1billion, and it’s a figure Ratcliffe believes is too high.
Ratcliffe has baulked at that price, especially as he’d have to spend extra costs with having to build a new stadium once it had been bought.
If Ratcliffe buys the club, he wouldn’t want star player Eden Hazard out of the club, with Real Madrid keen on finally getting Hazard this summer.
Real Madrid have reportedly made an initial offer to Chelsea to sign Eden Hazard this summer.
According to Daily Record, the Blues have rejected Real Madrid’s offer to sign Hazard but the Blues may be forced to cash in on the Belgian or risk losing him for nothing next year if Hazard fails to extend his contract.
Hazard’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer of 2020 and the 28-year-old has stalled on contract negotiations. However, Chelsea are obviously desperate not to lose Hazard but will demand at least £100million for the Belgian if the club decides to sell.