Roman Abramovich’s sale announcement has sparked a takeover race involving several big players
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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich stunned the football world when putting the Premier League giants up for sale before he was slapped with sanctions by the UK government.
A deal is still possible if the British authorities give it the green light and Abramovich doesn’t benefit in any way, with some reports claiming there are as many as 200 interested parties as the bidding deadline imposed by the Raine Group (the US bank tasked with handling the sale) ticks closer to closing at 9pm UK time on Friday.
That figure of 200 potential buyers seems somewhat implausible though, and while there may well be bids concealed behind the scenes, we look at some of the known frontrunners possibly positioned to assume control at the reigning world and European champions.
The Saudi Media Group
Reports on Monday claimed that the Saudi Media Group (SMG) had tabled a $3.5 billion offer which, though below Abramovich’s purported asking price of £3-4 billion ($4-5.2 billion), might be among the best Chelsea get.