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Details of Chelsea’s ‘curious’ sale process revealed as part of Ricketts’ bidding group ‘makes Roman Abramovich look relatively poor’


There’s a lot of money among those looking to buy Chelsea and one of them makes Roman Abramovich ‘look relatively poor’, talkSPORT say.

The directors of Chelsea, in tandem with the American bank Raine Group, are expected to present to the British government who they want to be the next owner of the club.

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Abramovich announced his intention to sell the club in early March

It has been suggested that the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs baseball team, would be in the lead to receive the keys to Stamford Bridge.

Fellow American Ken Griffin would be part of their consortium. Griffin is thought to be worth £21.7billion, meaning his wealth somewhat eclipses Abramovich.

“People who come to town are very wealthy,” Times reporter Matt Lawton told Hawksbee and Jacobs.

“Ken Griffin, who is part of the Ricketts band, makes Roman Abramovich look relatively poor. He is believed to be worth £21.7billion.

“There are big hitters coming, there is a lot of money in this group. It’s not often that Roman Abramovich won’t be the richest man in the room.

The bidders would be in London to present to Chelsea directors Eugene Tenenbaum and Marina Granovskaia, as well as chairman Bruce Buck, and Lawton gave more details on how the bidding process works.

Details of Chelsea’s ‘curious’ sale process revealed as part of Ricketts’ bidding group ‘makes Roman Abramovich look relatively poor’

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Griffin is the founder of US hedge fund Citadel LLC and is involved in the bidding process for Chelsea

“They all have their allotted time to meet the same three people, and other people, and ask them about the company and what they’re offering to buy,” Lawton added.

“If they’re looking to spend the best part of £3billion, obviously they’re going to sit down with the people running the club at the moment and look at everything they’re doing.

“You have this weird situation where they go to interview each other. But I imagine that the candidate groups will not want to grill them too much because it could affect their chances of winning the race!

“It’s all curious, I must say.”



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