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Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea could soon end: the Sunday Times reports that the Russian tycoon has put the club up for sale, 15 years after he bought it.

The report claim that an asking price of over £2bn has been set, considerably more than the current world record figure for a football club sale: Abramovich has hired Raine Group, the same specialist US investment bank who helped Manchester City’s owners to sell a 13% stake to Chinese investors three years ago to help him to sell the club.

Abramovich has already rejected an £2bn offer from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man, earlier this year since he believes he can receive a higher offer for the Premier League club.

The Russian tycoon wants Raine Group to find investors in China, the US and the Middle East over a possible sale of his club.

This news of a potential sale follows the announcement that the West London club had postponed plans for a new 60,000-seat stadium in May: the decision was made after Abramovich was unable to secure a new visa to work in the UK.

 

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Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed Chelsea asked him two times, some years ago, if he was interested to become the Blues’ manager.

I was approached by Chelsea and other clubs during my time with England. But I listened to what Chelsea had to offer. Not in financial terms, it would have been the same more or less. Eriksson told the Daily Star. “That wasn’t the question. It was what they wanted me to do and so on. I was interested, yes”.

Altough the Swede was interested, he declined both Chelsea’s approaches, the first made when Roman Abramovich bought the club, the second when the Chelsea’s owner sacked Claudio Ranieri:

It came out and became a mess. I thought I couldn’t do it and had to stay with England”. Eriksson went on. “When I say ‘had to stay’ it wasn’t something that I went home crying about. I had a fantastic job that I was very proud to have.”

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According to reports by the Daily Mail in the last few days Jim Ratcliffe, known as Britain’s richest man, has had a bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.

Current Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich turned down the bid as the Russian confirmed he is committed to Chelsea despite the difficulties which has emerged in the last few weeks and caused, for example, the suspension of the new Stamford Bridge‘s project.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been granted Israeli citizenship after delays in the renewal of his UK visa, which some view as part of a crackdown on wealthy Russians.

Abramovich, who is worth an estimated £8.6 billion ($11.4 billion), exercised his right under Israel’s Law of Return, which allows Jews from anywhere in the world to gain Israeli citizenship.

Incidentally, with his new citizenship, Abramovich has instantly become Israel’s richest person and perhaps he’ll find it easier to get back into the UK as an Israeli citizen.

Unlike the Russians, the Israelis do get a visa-free stay in the UK for up to six months straight, but it’s not clear if the decision on the Tier 1 investor visa that he needs is actually affected by the citizenship of the applicant.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the U18 Blues Youth Cup success.
The Italian manager watched the final against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge sitting next to the owner, Roman Abramovich:
We watched the game together. It’s always good to see Mr Abramovich and to stay together, also to enjoy the game and to see our team winning for the fourth time in a row. The FA Youth Cup. Yes, it was good.”
Asked if he can integrate some of these players in the future:
“For sure, it’s very important for Chelsea, the work in the academy. The academy is working very well. I think in this team, yes, I saw four or five players with good prospects for the future. But you know that it’s not easy then to become a Chelsea player and to play for the first-team.
“This gap is not simple, not only for Chelsea but in all teams. But we must be proud of the work in the academy. We have 23 players in our squad, with three goalkeepers. We have four players with our academy. Ruben, Chalobah and Ake, and Aina… I think it’s great, this.”

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is not tired of professional football: the Ivory Coast striker, aged 39, has joined the Phoenix Rising, team which play in the United Soccer League.

Not only Drogba will play for the side from Phoenix, Arizona, but he is also one of the co-owner of the club, joining the MLS expansion franchise ownership group.

Phoenix Rising actually hope to become an MLS franchise in three years. “To own a team and be a player at the same time is unusual but it’s going to be very exciting”. – Drogba said – “It’s a good transition because I want to carry on playing but I’m almost 40 and it’s important for me to prepare for my later career”.

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During his interview with SoccerAm Chelsea captain John Terry revealed what are Roman Abramovich‘s plans with Blues youngsters.

Many of them are out on loan, but the English skipper said that the aim is to bring the majority of them back:

“Ideally you want them to come back.

The Chelsea fans want that, I think Roman wants that ideally.

“If that’s not the case and the Chelsea youngsters are not good enough, not performing enough to come through, then we have the capability of going out to buy big players.”

The opportunities are there for sure,” he added.

“We’re seeing that with [Nathaniel] Chalobah, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Nathan] Ake’s just come back, Ola Aina as well, Charly Musonda’s just come back off loan as well.

“The boys are there, now it’s just about giving them opportunities.”

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is confident that former Juventus manager Antonio Conte can persuade defender Leonardo Bonucci to join the Blues on a world record bid in January.

Abramovich is reportedly ready to spend up to £60m for the Italian centre-back, who is under contract with the Serie A side until June 2020.

Bonucci recently told Mediaset Premium: “If I said that I wasn’t tempted this summer by an offer from England, above all for the coach that wanted me, then that would be a lie,”

“But Juventus is my home and I am happy to have remained. My dream was to win with this shirt and now I am here, ready to improve as a player and challenge myself to make this team become a legend.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that a strong point is having a good relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.

“It’s always important to have good relationship and be very clear with players and owner – Conte claimed – I like it because Abramovich is a great passionate about football and to discuss with him about football to have a confrontation is great”.

“it’s important to be very very clear, you’ll be always ok” the Italian manager ended.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich attended the Blues’ training session and practice in Cobham, before having lunch with manager Antonio Conte a few days ago, according to The Times.

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According to the Daily Mirror new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte asked two or three more signings to his boss Roman Abramovich.

The Blues have already invested € 63m ( £ 55m) on the market to sign Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante, but the Italian coach met Abramovich and technical director Michael Emenalo during the pre-season tour in Austria and spoke to them also about their strategy in this transfer window, the Mirror reports.

Conte would have asked at least another striker, to choose between Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku, and another centre-back: Juventus’ Leornardo Bonucci, Roma’s Kostas Manolas and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly are his favourites.

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