Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Britain's richest man offers to buy Chelsea from Abramovich

Chelsea owner Abramovich snubs offer to sell club to British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe Chelsea season ticket holder offers £2billion to Roman Abramovich for the club
Rita Gibson | 11 June, 2018, 13:29

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has insisted that he has no plans of selling Chelsea football club anytime in the near future.

Ratcliffe, the founder, chairman and majority owner of chemicals firm Ineos, had offered £2billion to buy the west London club, reports the Daily Mail.

Chelsea's Russian owner is now embroiled in a United Kingdom visa clash with the Home Office, leading to him shelving plans for a new stadium in West London.

The club refused to comment on Friday, stating only that Abramovich remains committed to a club he has owned for 15 years.

With doubts over Abramovich's political status, Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe has made an approach to take the club of the Russians hands.

Last year Ineos purchased Swiss club FC Lausanne-Sport, which is based near to its offices in Rolle in the Canton of Vaud.

Gears of War 5 coming in 2019, stars Kait from Gears 4
We'll find out plenty more in the time between now and then, so we'll definitely be keeping an ear to the ground for more. Microsoft revealed a trio of new Gears of War titles today, including Gears 5 .

A spokesman for Ratcliffe did not deny the industrialist's interest in Chelsea.

The report further stated that Radcliffe's bid is just one of the many that have been turned down by Chelsea's Israeli-Russian owner that also includes an anonymous bid coming in from Asia as well.

Mr Ratcliffe topped this year's Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated wealth of £21bn.

Interestingly, Radcliffe is a well-known Manchester United fan but prefers to follow games at Chelsea's home ground due to its proximity to his home.

Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, with five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three EFL Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League being won since then.

Mr Ratcliffe's spokesman said: 'We can not comment on rumour and speculation'.

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