Swiss-American consortium interested in buying Chelsea from ‘is STILL looking for partners’ despite £2.5bn bid for crisis club… while tycoon Ken Griffin ‘becomes the latest bidder after joining forces with owners of MLB side Chicago Cubs’
- Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and American tycoon Todd Boehly were the initial two businessmen involved in the consortium
- The pair were joined by Jonathan Goldstein, a London-based property investor
- Swiss outlet Blick claim their team is not complete as was previously thought
- A deadline of this Friday has been set by American merchant bank Raine Group
The Swiss-American consortium among the interested parties in buying Chelsea is still reportedly looking to complete its team.
Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and American tycoon Todd Boehly were the initial two businessmen involved in the consortium.
The pair were then joined by Jonathan Goldstein, a London-based property investor, who was revealed as the third man involved.
But Swiss outlet Blick claim their team is not complete as was previously thought, and that they are therefore still looking for partners with this week’s deadline fast approaching.
The report however insists that the consortium their confirmed bid in the region of £2.5billion to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich – who is selling the club after being sanctioned by the UK government – remains valid.
It comes amid claims the owners of Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs as well as tycoon Ken Griffin have joined forces to become the latest party to table a bid.
Sky claim the Ricketts family and Griffin have formed an investment group that will lodge a formal offer for last season’s Champions League-winners on the dau of the deadline, Friday.
The American merchant bank Raine Group previously set the deadline for Friday for bids to be submitted, but the failure to complete the consortium appears to make it unlikely they will be the favoured bidders.
Speaking about the consortium’s interest last week, Wyss, a Swiss national, said they were looking for a team consisting of ‘six to seven’ investors.
‘Abramovich is one of Putin’s closest advisers and friends. Like all other oligarchs, he is also in a panic,’ he explained.
The Swiss-American consortium including Hansjorg Wyss that is interested in buying Chelsea are still looking to complete their team
Wyss and Todd Boehly (above) were the initial two businessmen involved in the consortium
Businessman Jonathan Goldstein (pictured) then joined consortium looking to buy Chelsea
Ken Griffin is the founder and chief executive of Citadel Asset Management, an American multinational hedge fund and financial services company.
‘Abramovich is trying to sell all his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly. I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.
‘I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much. You know, Chelsea owe him £2 billion. But Chelsea has no money. Means: Those who buy Chelsea should compensate Abramovich.
‘As of today, we don’t know the exact selling price. I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners. But I have to examine the general conditions first. But what I can already say: I’m definitely not doing something like this alone. If I buy Chelsea, then with a consortium consisting of six to seven investors.’
Goldstein, the founder and chief executive of multi-national investment firm Cain International, was then named as the third having worked with LA Lakers and LA Dodgers part-owner Boehly for eight years.
Bidders are looking to buy the club off Roman Abramovich (above) after he was sanctioned
Chicago Cubs’ owners as well as tycoon Ken Griffin (above) have reportedly joined forces to table a bid
A deadline of this coming Friday has been set by the Raine Group for bids to be submitted
Cain International has assets worth more than £8billion, although Goldstein’s net worth is not known.
Goldstein, who is also the former chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, grew up in Essex and is a firm Tottenham fan.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has also reportedly launched a £2bn bid to buy the club.
According to the Sun, the American businessman – a long-time ally of former US President Donald Trump – hopes to seal the deal before Friday’s deadline.
His bid is less than the Saudi Media Group’s £2.7bn — but he believes he can win because of his extensive London links.
Ghanaian businessman Bernard Antwi Boasiako is keen to bid for the ownership of Chelsea
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (centre) has reportedly launched a bid to buy Chelsea
As it stands, property developer Nick Candy, the Swiss-American consortium and a group led by British businessman Sir Martin Broughton are among those rated as the most serious contenders.
But Ghanaian businessman Bernard Antwi Boasiako is the latest to throw his hat into the ring, pledging to bring stability back to Chelsea after confirming to Sportsmail that he is interested in bidding for the club.
Claims emerged last week that the gold mine owner was exploring an offer to buy the crisis-stricken Stamford Bridge club, with a spokesman for the African businessman now confirming his interest.
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