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Roman Abramovich receives offer to buy Chelsea: 'We will fly the Turkish flag in London'


 

Turkish businessman Muhsin Bayrak has, on Friday, confirmed that he has tabled an offer to purchase Chelsea Football Club.

The subject of ongoings at Stamford Bridge has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines across the week to date.

This comes with beloved owner Abramovich, whose wealth has proven so crucial to Chelsea’s emergence as a European heavyweight, having first confirmed his intention to ‘give trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC’.

This came owing to mounting scrutiny on the Russian oligarch based on his ties to Vladimir Putin, amid the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Roman Abramovich

Whilst, initially, it appeared as though Abramovich had little intention to part ways with Chelsea on a permanent basis, though, the situation, on Wednesday, took a drastic turn.

Amid the very real threat of having his assets seized by the UK government, the Blues’ long-time chief released a 2nd statement, confirming that the club, indeed, had been put up for sale:

”I would like to address the speculation in media over the past few days in relation to my ownership of Chelsea FC. As I have stated before, I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the Club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the Club, the fans, the employees, as well as the Club’s sponsors and partners.

And now, as alluded to above, it appears that a major proposal to take Chelsea off Abramovich's hands has indeed arrived.

As confirmed by Muhsin Bayrak, a Turkish billionaire with pre-existing ties to London, he is currently locked in negotiations with Abramovich's team of lawyers.

In fact, Bayrak goes as far as to state that 'we will soon fly the Turkish flag in London'.

Clarets test

Turning attentions back towards matters on the pitch itself, Chelsea are of course set to return to action tomorrow afternoon, in a Premier League showdown with Sean Dyche's Burnley.

The Blues will head into proceedings eyeing something of a bounce-back performance, having followed up a Carabao Cup finale defeat at the hands of Liverpool by scraping past Luton Town in the FA Cup during the week.

As things stand, Thomas Tuchel's troops sit 3rd in the Premier League table, a full sixteen points adrift of leaders Manchester City, but three points clear of Manchester United in 4th, whilst boasting two games in hand.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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