Premier League club Chelsea, who were put up for sale the day before the British government ruled in favor of its Russian owner over his relationship with the Kremlin, have set a sale to a club led by a the richest American for more than $ 3 billion, the highest amount ever paid for a sports team.
The group announced on Friday evening that the content had reached the sales team to a new group led by Todd Boehly, an American who has earned him millions of dollars in finance and investment. and who is the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The group also includes venture capital firm Clearlake Capital; Mark Walter, managing director of the Dodgers; and Swiss billionaire Hansjoerg Wyss.
For almost two decades Chelsea have been owned by Roman Abramovich, the Russian oil oligarch who spent thousands of dollars on the club to transform him from a half-table Premier League club to one of the best in the world. world, won many Premier League as well. Champions League titles with players like John Terry, Didier Drogba and N’Golo Kanté.
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as observation of Russian oligarchs is intensified, Abramovich announced that he would sell the club, but before it could do so his assets right, like Chelsea, was frozen by the British government. Chelsea have been exempted from the government to work more or less, but the English government has said Abramovich will not benefit from the sale of the club.
The group’s announcement confirms eyewitnesses that it is expected to close in late May, and it will still be subject to “all necessary approvals,” a line wasted several times but one which can have a big impact here.
Abramovich said the proceeds from the sale – according to reports from Chelsea, Boehly and his team – to pay 2.5 billion British pounds, or less than $ 3 billion – would go to core pressure loves to support the victims of the war in Ukraine.
But it is not yet clear how that will work, whether the beneficiaries will include Russians or how the British police will make no money flow. to Abramovich. Proceeds from the sale will be deposited into an account that has been shut down by the government.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the club.
Boehly, 48, made his fortune in the financial and investment markets, finally acquiring Eldridge Industries in 2015 to manage his case. Boehly has key members in the Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks, but Chelsea will be the first team he leads.
According to the sale announcement, in addition to the $ 3 billion new members paid to Chelsea, he will also invest more than $ 2 billion in the club, including investments in his stadium, youth education, women’s groups and foundations.
The team captain led by Boehly was selected by Chelsea as the favorites last week, after a short and frenzied sale process. Jim Ratcliffe, a wealthy man in England, decided late for the group, and Steve Pagliuca, owner of the Boston Celtics, and Josh Harris and David Blitzer, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, also trying to buy Chelsea.