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Chelsea takeover collapse fears
There are fears that the Chelsea takeover could COLLAPSE amid claims Roman Abramovich wants to recoup £1.6billion in loans.
The Russian oligarch has been sanctioned by the British government over his links with Russia amid the war on Ukraine.
The London club whittled down potential new owners down to a list of three, before one of the richest men in Britain Sir Jim Ratfcliffe threw his hat into the ring.
However, LA Dodgers boss Todd Boehly looked set to win the battle to buy the Premier League giants.
Within two hours it emerged that Boehly’s group, which includes Switzerland’s richest man, Hansjorg Wyss and has also enlisted former Chancellor George Osborne, had ALREADY been given preferred status.
The other two consortiums, one led by former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton – backed by Lewis Hamilton and Lord Seb Coe – and the other by Boston Celtics and Atalanta part-owner Stephen Pagliuca, were informed they were effectively out of the running.
Boehly’s team, though, were told they had been granted a “period of exclusivity” to discuss the final terms and conditions of a takeover package.
But according to The Times, there could be a big spanner thrown into the works.
Abramovich is reportedly “attempting to renege on his promise to write off a £1.6 billion debt”.
This is despite the 55-year-old saying he would NOT be asking for any loans to be repaid when he put the club up for sale.