|Roman Abramovic slammed a £3 billion price on Chelsea with potential buyers circling round the club. (Photo credit: @ChelseaFC)|
Chelsea have released an official statement that club owner Roman Abramovic has decided to sell the club and buyers have started to signal interest in an unprecedented development.
The unrest in Ukraine, forced by Russian invasion has thrown the Russian businessman under the spotlight and after stepping down from his role as club chairman last week, the 55year old has now confirmed he will be selling the club.
"I would like to address the speculation in media over the past few days in relation to my ownership of Chelsea FC," it read. "As I have stated before, I have always taken decisions with the club's best interest at heart.
"In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club's sponsors and partners.
"The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process. I will not be asking for any loans to be repaid. This has never been about business nor money for me, but about pure passion for the game and club."
There are reports that Abramovich is under pressure to sell because if the U.K. government sanction him, Chelsea could be seized as an asset. He would be unable to put any funds into the club, and any sale would become extremely complicated.
Abramovich is looking to sell for £3 billion but how much time does he have to negotiate? Outside that, it’s been established that he’s not looking for profits, in fact he has set up a board to ensure proceeds go into the account of those displaced by the war in Ukraine, such a big heart from the Russian.
Chelsea ensured the story around their owner doesn’t affect them as they qualified for the quarter finals of the FA Cup with a comeback win over Luton on Wednesday. The Blues came back twice having conceded so early in the first half and so late in the same half.
Timo Werner justified the faith handed him by Thomas Tuchel with a goal and an assist to help the Blues to the next round where they’ll learn their opponents on Thursday.