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American group looking to buy Chelsea?

American family looking to make 'serious bid' to buy Chelsea

March 16, 2022 By Michelle Bonsu
The Ricketts family, who also own the MLB side Chicago Cubs are reportedly looking to make a bid to buy the London giants imminently.

It's been a turbulent past few weeks for Chelsea and fans of the club, and not because of anything actually happening on the pitch.

Rather, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has set a rather unwanted spotlight on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, with the billionaire tycoon now being forced to sell the club after additional sanctions have been posed on him by the UK government stemming from his prior relationship with Vladimir Putin.

Under Abramovich's stewardship, which started in 2003, Chelsea have won 18 trophies, including two Champions League titles, five Premier League titles, and one Europa League. The Blues, who are currently the defending champions in this season's edition of the Champions League, will be naturally looking to defend that crown, but it could be a lot easier said than done.

In any case, numerous buyers have thrown their hat in the ring to purchase one of Europe's most successful clubs. And now, an American group have decided to get involved.

MLB (Major League Baseball) fans will probably be quite familiar with the Ricketts family, who have owned the Chicago Cubs since January 2009 after making an estimated $900 million bid for the team. 

However, the name may become more familiar to football fans as well following recent reports that the Ricketts family plan to put a bid in to buy Chelsea.

At the moment, there are four Premier League clubs under American ownership: Manchester United, Liverpool, Burnley, and Arsenal, while Aston Villa is 50 per cent American owned.

Chelsea are no strangers to affiliations with Americans. The Blues made history back in January 2019 when they signed USMNT international Christian Pulisic for approximately $73 million (£57.6 million), making the Pennsylvania-born attacker not just the most expensive North American signing of all time.

According to the same report, the Ricketts family, who are leading an investment group, will be looking to make their official bid to buy Chelsea on Friday.

 

 


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