Abramovich opens talk to buy new club after Chelsea sale

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has opened negotiations over buying a new football club while still in the process of trying to sell the Blues, according to Fanatik.

The Russian billionaire put the Premier League club up for sale this month, after he was hit with sanctions by the UK government.

Abramovich had his assets frozen as a direct result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, due to his ties with Vladamir Putin, preventing him from making money via Chelsea.

He is already disqualified from being a club director as the Blues are going through a takeover.

The 55-year-old is apparently keen to remain within the football industry and has now started negotiations to buy Super Lig club Goztepe.

Turkey is currently not applying sanctions to Russians.

The reports of Abramovich opening talks with Goztepe come just 48 hours after his £750m super-yacht docked at a port in the resort of Marmaris.

Goztepe are a Turkish Super Lig side. They are based in Izmir, third-largest city in Turkey.

“Negotiations have begun between Sepil [Goztepe’s current owner] and representatives of the Russian billionaire,” CNN Turk report, as quoted by Lost Sports.

“It became known that Abramovich was in contact with Sepil through a Turkish businessman. It was stated that professionals from both sides assessed the market, and yesterday the ex-head of the club went to Ankara and held talks on this issue.

“Abramovich’s representative and the club’s managers will hold a face-to-face meeting in a few days.”

Turkey has not joined UK and EU sanctions against Abramovich.

Why do Raine Group delay Chelsea bidders shortlist announcement?

Chelsea are going through the sale process. Last Friday marked the deadline for bids to be registered with Raine Group, a bank that oversees that takeover.

It was reported that on Monday, or latest on Tuesday morning, Raine Group will announce the three- or four-name shortlist of selected bids.

These parties would then be invited to make final offers and the decision would be made in a couple of weeks’ time.

This is what was claimed a week ago but it’s Wednesday morning in the UK and no announcement by Raine Group has been made.

Raine Group have not contacted the bidders yet, as multiple sources indicate.

Why does it take so long for Raine Group to pick three or four best bids? Many Chelsea fans can’t wrap their heads around that.

The reason appears to be quite simple. As per Nick Purewal of PA Media, it’s simply too much information for Raine Group to process in short time.

The overall number of bids is close to 30. Raine Group has to study them all. And it includes background checks and determining their motivation to buy Chelsea.

So they take a bit more time to analyse all the information and make a decision.

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