Chelsea takeover latest: Two suitors added to shortlist, one rejected
Two of the leading candidates to take up the reins from Roman Abramovich as owner of Premier League giants Chelsea have, on Friday, discovered the outcome of their respective offers.
First up comes American businessman and investor Todd Boehly, viewed by many as the frontrunner to take charge of the European champions ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
As per the reliable Nizaar Kinsella of Goal, Boehly is indeed being considered by the Raine Group as a candidate to step into the hotseat at Stamford Bridge.
The Eldridge Industries chief, in turn, was informed of as much by Chelsea on Thursday night:
Todd Boehly’s consortium were told last night about their success in becoming a preferred bidder for Chelsea. Per @Lawton_Times and @PeteHall86
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) March 25, 2022
On the flip side, Nick Candy, property tycoon and lifelong Chelsea fan, has been informed that he is not amongst the candidates shortlisted to become the club’s new owner.
Candy nevertheless remains keen on a joint-bid alongside another of the interested parties, though:
Nick Candy’s bid to buy Chelsea has not made the shortlist, but is not over yet, according to sources close to his Blue Football Consortium. They claim the group has been asked to speak to other bids and those talks are now under way. #cfc
— Alistair Magowan (@alistairmagowan) March 25, 2022
SMG out of the running
Word of the outcome of Boehly and Candy’s respective bids of course comes fresh on the back of another key contender to take over at Chelsea being knocked back on Thursday.
The party in question? The Saudi Media Group:
Saudi Media are out of the race to buy Chelsea. They weren’t selected by Raine Group, they are disappointed but open to joining another consortium #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) March 24, 2022
*Update* – Word was forthcoming a short time ago that another potential buyer in west London have this evening seen their bid approved, and been added to the final shortlist to replace Roman Abramovich.
The party in question? The Ricketts family.
Raine have now informed the Ricketts family that they have made the final shortlist in the bidding to buy Chelsea #cfc
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) March 25, 2022
News of the Ricketts’ ongoing efforts to take over at Chelsea will no doubt be met with widespread backlash over the hours to come.
This comes after the hashtag #NoToRicketts began to trend across a range of social media platforms across the week to date.
The public rejection of the Ricketts’ bid has been fronted by none other than the Chelsea faithful, owing to both the struggles of the family’s Chicago Cubs, and, even more significantly, the unveiling of alleged Islamophobic emails sent by Joe Ricketts (the father of Tom, the man behind the bid) back in 2019.
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