A fresh development in the takeover process at Premier League giants Chelsea has been confirmed on Friday afternoon.
And it comes as an altogether significant one...
As per a number of reliable sources, a new offer to take the Blues off the hands of soon-to-be ex-owner Roman Abramovich has arrived at the last minute.
The proposal comes by way of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a chemical engineer turned financier and industrialist who is widely understood to be Britain's wealthiest man.
Ratcliffe's bid, by way of the INEOS group, consists of £2.75 billion to be paid up front, followed by a further £1.5 billion, and a guarantee for upwards of another billion pounds to be injected into the club over the course of the next decade.
For those not aware, Ratcliffe is also the owner of Ligue 1 club OGC Nice, and has invested heavily in Formula 1 team Mercedes in the past.
It now remains to be seen whether the 69-year-old's takeover proposal is taken into consideration by those overseeing Chelsea's sale.
Turning attentions back towards the pitch, Chelsea will of course be back in Premier League action this coming weekend.
After stuttering to a share of the spoils despite a dominant display at Old Trafford on Thursday, the Pensioners are set to make the trip to Goodison Park, for what could well prove a tricky assignment up against relegation-battling Everton.
Thomas Tuchel's troops, though, all told, have little left to play for when it comes to league position, having already all-but sewn up 3rd place in the English top-flight, six points clear of Arsenal in 4th with just five games to play.
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