Chelsea Owner Opens Up On Selling The Club

Chelsea Owner Opens Up On Selling The Club

Roman Abramovich has reportedly rejected an approach from Britain's richest man to buy Chelsea.

The report claims that Great Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe - the boss of multinational petrochemicals giant Ineos - has made a bid for the West Londoners, which was promptly turned down by Abramovich.

A friend of Ratcliffe even mentioned that spending £2bn to purchase Chelsea would be a "drop in the ocean" for the owner of Swiss club FC Lausanne-Sport.

Mr Ratcliffe is a Chelsea season ticket holder and already owns a football club in Switzerland.

It is understood that the 51-year-old is not interested in selling the club.

At the last count, Sunday Times estimated Ratcliffe's net worth be around KSh 2.7 trillion while Chelsea's owner Abramovich is worth KSh 1.2 trillion.

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Ratcliffe, who grew up in a council house in Failsworth - a small town between Manchester and Oldham - was asked in a recent interview about his education and replied: 'I just played football, really.

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.

It comes as Mr Abramovich, 51, struggles to renew his United Kingdom visa in the wake of Theresa May's crackdown on rich Russians living in Britain after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

Abramovich has had problems with a United Kingdom visa and also shelved the plans for an expansion of Stamford Bridge recently.

A spokesman for Ineos said they did not respond to market rumour or speculation and Chelsea, who refused to comment publicly on the story to the Mail, did not respond to phone calls from Reuters.

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