American bidders of Chelsea are reportedly set to arrive in London next week and hold talks with the club’s hierarchy as per the report in English outlet The Telegraph (via The Chelsea Chronicles).
The deadline for the first phase of bidding to take over the club’s ownership ended a few weeks ago. And now after whittling down the final shortlisted candidates, they have been given until April 11 to improve their offer.
According to the report, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, directors Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum, Chief executive Guy Lawrence, and senior men’s team coach Thomas Tuchel will meet with these American bidders next week. They will also take a look at the behind-the-scenes of the club’s current facility.
The shortlisted group of American bidders like Todd Boehly, Joshua Harris, David Blitzer of Sir Martin Broughton’s group, the Ricketts, and Stephen Pagliuca is the expected names who could travel to London. However, they haven’t confirmed it officially. And the Ricketts family has expressed their interest in investing an extra £1 billion in the future.
However, the Ricketts family is not the favorite group among the fans. As the Londoners have earlier made a Twitter campaign with #NoToRicketts as a consequence of a controversial past comment.
Can Chelsea continue their glory days after the change of ownership?
Chelsea has been one of the most successful football clubs in the world since Roman Abramovic bought the club back in 2003. He structured the club brilliantly and invested heavily.
Despite the changing of ownership. The Blues will have the same hierarchy that has guided the club to win big titles. So, the defending Champions League winners are expected to continue on the winning ways despite the changing of ownership.
The West London club is currently third in the league. And they are currently out of the race for the Premier League title. They started the season as a contender to challenge for the league title. But the injuries have restricted them from mounting a challenge for the Premier League despite having a great start to the season.