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Roman Abramovich is reportedly ready to receive bids for the sale of Chelsea amid mounting pressure over his historic relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Putin launched an illegal invasion of Ukraine last Thursday, which is escalating in its brutality as the Eastern European country fights back fiercely against their attackers.
Many of the Russian president’s close associates have been hit with heavy sanctions as a result of his actions. Abramovich has not received sanctions.
In an attempt to stave off those sanctions affecting Chelsea, Abramovich attempted to hand over ‘stewardship’ of the Blues to the club’s charity trustees, but this appears to have failed.
The Telegraph has now reported that Abramovich will ‘receive bids’ for a sale of the Blues this week.
He has owned the club since 2003, funding a remarkable transformation into one of the best teams in the Premier League.
But that period of success looks set to now be relinquished by their owner as anger over Putin’s invasion continues to affect Russians across the world.
It is stated that ‘at least’ three groups are interested in buying Chelsea, with Abramovich facing little option other than to sell.
This will be the first time that Abramovich will be ready to hand over the club, having previously turned down offers in the region of £2billion.
But interested parties may need to move quickly, with the Telegraph claiming that if Abramovich is sanctioned before the end of the week, there may be a delay over any sale.
Abramovich’s botched attempt to put the trustees in charge is said to have ‘emboldened’ bidders, though Blues boss Thomas Tuchel does not expect a drastic change in the running of the club.
“I think that for me as a coach and in charge of the first team that decision does not change too much the daily business,” said Tuchel.
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“Because I'm in daily exchange with Petr Cech and very regular exchange with Marina Granovskaia about how to improve the first team.
“And this will not stop because they stay in charge [of football]. So on a daily basis it will not change too much for me.”
Chelsea Football Club has been contacted for comment.
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