Chelsea: less a candidate for takeover of the club

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The ball for Chelsea’s takeover contenders is getting clearer. The union, led by the Ricketts family, owner of the Chicago Cubs (baseball), announced Friday that it was throwing in the towel. He was one of four candidates still in the running.

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They are the only three in the dance. The Ricketts family have formalized their desire to pull out of the race to buy the reigning European champions, let alone by their Russian boss Roman Abramovich, to buy powerful English club Chelsea.

In a statement released Friday, the family of Tom and Laura Ricketts, owners of the Chicago Cubs American baseball franchise, partnered with Ken Griffin, an American multi-billionaire specializing in investment funding, and Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Was. The basketball franchise announced that it would not submit a final proposal due to a lack of agreement from all members of the union on the latter’s structure.

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“Some issues could not be addressed given the unusual dynamics”

“The Ricketts-Griffin-Gilbert group, after careful consideration, has decided not to submit a final offer to Chelsea FC,” reads the Ricketts family statement. In the process of finalizing the offer, it became increasingly clear that some issues could not be addressed, given the unusual dynamics surrounding the sales process,” without giving further details.

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The union’s candidacy, led by the Ricketts family, was warmly welcomed by supporters of the blues, many of whom criticized emails with Islamophobic overtones written between 2009 and 2013 by the family’s patriarch, Joe (80). Performed around Stamford Bridge. years). However, this distrust played no part in the withdrawal of Ricketts’ offer, assured the PA news agency.

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Three candidates expected for 3 billion euros

Since the announcement of the sale on March 2 by Roman Abramovich, many potential buyers have come forward, after being forced to leave his place due to his alleged ties to Vladimir Putin and the sanctions imposed against him by the British government. The final proposals were to be submitted Thursday to the New York investment bank Rhine, which was commissioned by Abramovich. As a reminder, management expects accelerated sales of approximately 2.5 billion pounds sterling (3 billion euros).

With the return of Ricketts now three final candidates are still in the running: Todd BoehleyCo-owner of the LA Dodgers American baseball and Los Angeles Lakers basketball franchise – backed by contributions from Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss and British entrepreneur Jonathan Goldstein –, Sir Martin BroughtonThe former chairman of Liverpool – backed by the Harris Blizzard Sports and Entertainment Consortium, owner of the American basketball franchise of the Philadelphia Sixers and co-owner of the English football team Crystal Palace – and Steve PaglukaWho owns shares in the American basketball franchise of the Boston Celtics and the Italian football team Atalanta Bergamo.

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Romain Davau The Indian Paper Journalist

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