Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Chelsea tightlipped on £2bn Ratcliffe takeover offer

Roman Abramovich Chelsea ESPN GETTYChelsea news John Obi Mikel played for the Blues for 11 years
Cassandra Gardner | 11 June, 2018, 13:29

The 65-year-old is a Manchester United fan but watches football at Stamford Bridge because it is close to his Chelsea home.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has refused an approach to sell the club to Britain's richest person, according to the Daily Mail.

Chelsea said only that its Russian owner - worth around £1.3bn - remains committed to the club, which he bought in 2003 in a deal worth £140m.

British businessman Jim Ratcliffe was linked to taking over Chelsea football club as Abramovich's successor but Chelsea rejected his offer after an approach.

Last month's Sunday Times rich list valued Ratcliffe's wealth at £21.05bn - more than double Abramovich's £9.3bn valuation.

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Already, Ratcliffe's company Ineos recorded sales of about KSh 6 trillion and now has over 18,500 people in 22 countries in its payroll. That's all I was interested in'.

He also knows all about running football clubs after purchasing FC Lausanne-Sport in November - who were relegated from the Swiss Premier League last season. He took on the club's debts, which were estimated at £80m, and has ploughed hundreds of millions into Chelsea, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

It comes as Mr Abramovich, 51, struggles to renew his United Kingdom visa in the wake of Theresa May's crackdown on rich Russians living in Britain after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. He has been granted Israeli citizenship, but is only able to visit England for six-months at a time.

Ratcliffe's plans to buy Chelsea might not see the light of the day as his offer was quickly discarded, with the Chelsea owner stating he had no intention to sell the club.

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