The outgoing Chelsea owner is said to have started negotiations over a Turkish football club
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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has started official negotiations in Ankara to buy Turkish Super League team Goztepe, a report has claimed following the UK government’s decision to sanction the Russian businessman because of his alleged ties to Vladimir Putin.
Billionaire Abramovich cannot complete his sale of the Premier League club under restrictions aimed at preventing the 55-year-old from profiting from the businessman.
With an array of bidders vying to buy the Champions League holders under special dispensation from the government for a deal, Abramovich headed to Turkey for talks with Mehmet Sepil, the outgoing President of Goztepe, on Tuesday, according to CNN Turk.
Former energy firm chief Sepil is said to have bought the club, which is based in the city of Izmir on the Aegean coast, for $7.5 million in 2014.
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Goztepe returned to Turkish top flight the Super Lig for the first time in 14 years in 2017 but are currently in the relegation zone.
Abramovich’s assets have been frozen in the UK and the EU, where he has also been blacklisted as part of sanctions imposed since the start of the attack on Ukraine on February 24.
A deal with Sepil, who Abramovich is said to have made contact with through a Turkish businessman, could appeal because Turkey is not in the EU.
The outlet said that Abramovich will meet Sepil’s representatives face-to-face within days.