Roman Abramovich will reportedly influence the destiny of Chelsea despite being barred from selling the club, which is set to be sold for a record-breaking sum
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Outgoing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants the Champions League contenders to be sold to buyers with a track record, a vision for the club and easy access to funds, according to a report about the sale the Russian businessman has been barred from completing because of his alleged close ties to Vladimir Putin.
Around 20 bidders are thought to be competing to buy the third-placed team in the Premier League, which could be sold swiftly under special dispensation after the UK government sanctioned Abramovich and imposed restrictions on the club to stop him from profiting from the business.
Billionaire Abramovich, who has bankrolled the club to win every major club trophy available since taking over in 2003, will still influence the sale which is being overseen by merchant bank group Raine Group, The Athletic has claimed.
The outlet has also said that Chelsea will be sold for the highest price ever paid for a sports club or franchise in a deal that could be worth more than $4 billion.