Despite the recent claims by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is still committed to the club, a new report claims the billionaire is considering selling the club.
According to Daily Mail, Chelsea have held talks with three interested parties over the potential £2.5billion sale of the club.
The report claim the interested parties include US and Asian-based finance groups, while Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe has also expressed an interest.
It is believed Chelsea held what have been described as ‘exploratory talks’ with the three parties interested in buying the club in recent weeks.
Abramovich has spent between £1m and £3m on corporate hospitality boxes at Stamford Bridge every year since 2011 but did not buy any before the start of this season for the first time in almost a decade, and this has made fans doubt his commitment to the club. Abramovich has also not attended any game at Stamford Bridge this season.
The total debt Chelsea owes Abramovich reportedly stands at £1.25bn and it is believed he would want to recoup the money if the club were sold.
According to leading football club acquisitions company, Oakwell Capital, US and Asian investment groups are interested in Premier League clubs because they see potential for huge growth in the Premier League.
Doug Harmer, director of Oakwell Capital, said: “There is a renewed interest in Premier League clubs from within the Asian and US investment communities.
“While domestic television deals have plateaued, the international TV deals have gone up and are expected to continue to rise in the long term.
“Reputable and well-regarded institutions can see potential for further growth at Premier League clubs.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea chairman recently claimed Abramovich is totally committed to Chelsea.
“Everything he’s doing reaffirms his commitment to Chelsea,” Buck said.
“We hear from him several times a day and he’s talking to us about players, commercial activities and our good causes.
“So I would say he’s committed to Chelsea.”