While Lausanne-Sport boss Jim Ratcliffe made a colossal offer this Friday to buy the London club, it should be taken over by Berner Hansjörg Wyss’ consortium.
Is Chelsea about to become the second English club to be owned by a Swiss after Southampton? to believe that Blick, it is the case. The daily confirms information revealed by the Wall Street Journal, according to which the consortium led by the American Todd Boehly and the Bernese billionaire Hansjörg Wyss (86), would have emerged victorious from the tender for the acquisition of the Blues. This stock is said to have been chosen by the New York commercial bank Raine. The operation is in its final stages and is said to amount to 3 billion francs, according to the British government. Blick† It would simply be the largest transaction in the history of the sport.
Hansjörg Wyss is well on his way to co-owning the Blues alongside Todd Boehly and following in the footsteps of the Liebherr family, who owned Southampton between 2009 and 2017. The two men combine a fortune estimated at $10. billion dollars. Their consortium is supported by US investment firm Clearlake Capital, based in California.
The Berners had already said it a month ago, already at Blick, the opportunity to buy the London club. “I have received an offer with three other people to buy Chelsea from Abramovich,” he said. I can well imagine joining Chelsea with partners.” It seems his departure was followed by effect.
The US-Swiss consortium of Todd Boehly and Hansjörg Wyss was recently one of three preferred candidates for the Chelsea takeover. The other two are carried by Stephen Pagliuca, co-owner of the Boston Celtics (NBA), and Martin Broughton, former president of Liverpool and British Airways, notably supported by Serena Williams and Lewis Hamilton.
Jim Ratcliffe offers 5 billion francs
This Friday, a fourth name was added to the list, a well-known name in our area: Jim Ratcliffe. The founder of Ineos, owner of Lausanne-Sport since November 2017, revealed to the Time getting started: “We made an offer this morning (Editor’s Note: Friday† We are the only UK application. Our motives are simply to try and create a very nice club in London. We have no profit because we make our money in other ways.”
According to the British press, the proposal from Jim Ratcliffe – also a recognized Chelsea fan – would amount to 4.8 billion euros, or almost 5 billion francs. In comparison: Roman Abramovich had offered the London club for 160 million euros. The swing would prove colossal, even though the Russian billionaire has made heavy investments during his reign. According to the British press, he would claim 3.6 billion euros to sell the Blues. Jim Ratcliffe’s offensive could therefore convince him. If the dice are not loaded yet.
Aside from the staggering sum, the boss of LS and OGC Nice surprised everyone by the speed of his position. A month ago, an Ineos Reuters spokesperson assured Ratcliffe, Britain’s largest fortune, was not interested in buying Chelsea: “There is no substance in these stories.
The reigning European champion has been going through a deep governance crisis for nearly two months and the sale has been announced by its owner, Roman Abramovich. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the oligarch was pressured to relinquish his property – acquired in 2003 – due to his close ties to Putin’s government.
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