London (AFP) – Nick Candy has vowed to contain Chelsea followers if the British property tycoon succeeds in his bid to purchase the troubled Premier League membership.
Candy is believed to have submitted a bid of over £2 billion ($2.6 billion) for his boyhood crew earlier than Friday’s deadline and he promised to offer followers a ‘golden share’ possession stake.
On a frantic day at Stamford Bridge, former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton and World Athletics president Sebastian Coe additionally lodged a joint bid.
Chicago Cubs house owners the Ricketts household adopted go well with, whereas LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly’s consortium additionally made a confirmed bid.
There are reported to be a number of different agency bids on the desk, however Candy is a entrance runner.
Candy issued a prolonged assertion in confirming the submission of his bid, vowing to write down off the mortgage to Chelsea Pitch Owners to safeguard the Blues’ future at Stamford Bridge.
The 49-year-old has promised a complete renovation of the stadium, the place his property experience may come to the fore.
Candy has teamed up with South Korean companies Hana Financial Group and C&P Sports Group in his Blue Football Consortium.
“Chelsea is one of the most iconic and successful professional football clubs in the world, with a rich heritage, global following, and a highly valuable brand,” Candy mentioned.
“Football clubs are vitally important community and cultural assets, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give football back to the fans and put them at the heart of the operations and strategy of a leading global football club.
“I believe Chelsea has all of the fundamentals to become the most valuable and respected sports club in the world and a force for the greater good in everything it does.”
Roman Abramovich put Chelsea up on the market on March 2, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The 55-year-old was then sanctioned by the UK Government final week, after Downing Street claimed to have proved his hyperlinks to Vladimir Putin.
Russian billionaire Abramovich has at all times denied these hyperlinks however UK property have been frozen by the Government.
Chelsea have been allowed to proceed operations below particular licence, however Abramovich can not revenue from the sale.