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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly put the club up for sale according to French journalist Philippe Auclair.

There has been no official confirmation from the club that Abramovich is prepared to sell but Auclair insists the club is officially on the market and there has already been formal contact.

Auclair said on the Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast: “The biggest question for Chelsea fans is what is going to happen with Roman Abramovich?

“The registration ban yes, is a problem. They can still appeal but they will have to go through a different instance for that.

“All hope is not lost in that particular area. The thing is about rumours of the sale of Chelsea are more than rumours.

“The club is for sale, he’s actually mandated two different entities to approach two possible buyers, asking for an awful, awful lot of money.

“This is going to take an awful lot of insecurity I’d imagine within the club.”

Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea boss is uncertain following the club’s struggles this season but Auclair insists the Italian deserves to remain as Chelsea boss.

He added: “And at the moment you’re thinking, well are they going to get rid of Sarri? Who are they going to take?

“Explain to me who are they going to take who is going to be a major improvement on Sarri…

“He had little pre season and a fantastic start to the season then had a collapse, then rose again.

“He might still finish in the Europa League and might still finish in the top four.”

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