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Chelsea owner had an interest in buying Arsenal

Chelsea, Six Sports

Abramovic acquired Chelsea back in 2003. The club experienced its most successful era under the new owner winning every major European trophy. The most recent of which was the Champions League in 2021. Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup under the ownership of Roman Abramovic. However, he had to sell the club in 2021 due to sanctions placed by the UK Government because of his alleged ties with the Russian government. Before his acquisition of Chelsea, Abramovic wanted to buy Arsenal as his first choice when he wanted to buy a club in the Premier League. However, mistakes by his partners led him to believe that the club was ‘not for sale.

This fact was revealed in the book “The Club”, authored by Joshua Robinson, and Jonathan Clegg, famous Wall Street Journal writers. According to the book, Abrahmovic hired a Swiss bank UBS to help him buy a Premier League club. However, USB’s analysis was that Arsenal would not be sold. Hence, Roman Abrahmovic decided to go for Chelsea. However, the fact that Arsenal were not for sale was refuted by former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein. Dein believes that the then Arsenal owners would have sold the club had they received an offer.

Chelsea FC now belongs to Boehly and Clearlake Consortium

The new ownership officially took control of Chelsea on May 7, 2022. A consortium led by businessman Todd Boehly, Clearke Capital, Mark Walter, and Hansjörg Wys acquired the club for a fee of £4.25bn. Boehly assumed the role of sporting director after Marina Granovskia’s departure. Five days after Granovskia’s departure, Technical advisor Petr Chech too left the club. Todd Boehly and the consortium backed Thomas Tuchel, the ex-Chelsea manager in earnest. They spent £271.1million on player sales breaking the English Premier League record.

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