London-based global equity firm Aethel Partners ‘are set to launch a last-minute £2bn-plus bid to buy Chelsea’ as the race to replace Roman Abramovich heats up… as they ‘pledge to keep Thomas Tuchel and redevelop Stamford Bridge’
- Aethel Partners are the latest bidders joining the race to take over at Chelsea
- The London-based global equity firm are poised to submit an 11th-hour bid
- Their offer is reportedly due to exceed £2billion, with the deadline set for Friday
- They promise to keep Thomas Tuchel and inject £50m to keep Chelsea solvent
- Aethel Partners are also keen to revamp Stamford Bridge at its current site
London-based global equity firm Aethel Partners are set to make an 11th-hour bid exceeding £2billion to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich, according to reports.
Abramovich has been forced to put the Blues up for sale after the UK Government froze his assets last week due to his link to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Sanctions imposed on the Russian oligarch have left Chelsea in limbo, with the club unable to buy or sell players, renew contracts or sell tickets and merchandise.
A sale is required urgently to prevent them from going bust, which Abramovich has agreed to despite his Government sanctions preventing him from receiving any of the proceeds.
London-based equity firm Aethel Partners are set to make an 11th-hour bid to buy Chelsea
The deadline for interested parties to submit their bids is on Friday, and there has been no shortage of interest, yet a consortium led by American billionaire Todd Boehly, Swiss businessman Hansjorg Wyss and British property investor Jonathan Goldstein appears the frontrunner.
Nevertheless, Boehly and Co now face fresh competition from Aethel Partners, The Times’ Martyn Ziegler reports.
It is believed the investment group are planning to table a bid worth £2billion-plus to buy Chelsea before Friday’s deadline, throwing their name into the ring to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Aethel Partners insist they will be joining the hotly-contested race to replace Abramovich and, if they are successful, they plan to keep Thomas Tuchel and his current management team in place.
The company, whose executive chairman is Portuguese entrepreneur Ricardo Silva (pictured), are planning to make an offer that exceeds £2billion
They are pledging to keep manager Thomas Tuchel in charge and redevelop Stamford Bridge
The company also have hopes of redeveloping Stamford Bridge, while an instant cash injection of £50million will be made to keep the club solvent.
Their executive chairman is Portuguese entrepreneur Ricardo Silva, who co-founded Aethel Partners along with fellow Harvard alum Aba Schubert.
Yet, when taking a look at the firm’s most recent accounts it is unclear where they will fund a £2billion bid for Chelsea, as their total assets are said to be less than £200,000.
As well as Aethel Partners and the Boehly consortium, British businessman Nick Candy and the Saudi Media Group are also hoping to take over at Chelsea this month.
American tycoon Ken Griffin also joined forces with the Ricketts Family to enter the bidding on Wednesday, a development which has sparked major controversy.
Fans have called for Joe Ricketts to be stopped from buying the Blues after his leaked emails from 2012, in which he says ‘Muslims are my enemy’, resurfaced this week.
A consortium led by US tycoon Todd Boehly appears the frontrunner to take over at Chelsea