Roman Abramovich has reportedly put Chelsea up for sale, 15 years after the Russian billionaire bought the club.
Reports claim that an asking price of over £2bn has been set – considerably more than the current world record figure for a football club sale.
The report claims that Abramovich has hired Raine Group, the same specialist US investment bank who helped Manchester City’s owners to sell a 13% stake to Chinese investors three years ago.
That particular deal put a value of £1.9bn on City but Abramovich will look to receive considerably more than this to sell Chelsea. He has already rejected an £2bn offer from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man, earlier this year on the grounds that he believes he can receive a higher offer for the Premier League club.
It’s expected that Raine Group will turn to investors in China, the US and the Middle East over a possible sale of the west london club. While the report points out the slowdown in growth of income from the Premier League’s TV deal, it adds that the English top flight’s leading clubs remain attractive to investors – a point strengthened by the news that Fenway Sports Group, the American owners of Liverpool, rejected a £2bn takeover bid from Abu Dhabi earlier this year.