A consortium around US billionaire Todd Boehly takes over FC Chelsea.
The purchase price for the Premier League club with trainer Thomas Tuchel is £ 2.5 billion, just over $ 3 billion. This was announced by the English football club. The sale is expected to be completed at the end of May, subject to all necessary official permits, it said.
"That gives us a perspective," said Coach Tuchel with a view to the upcoming sale, which hopefully will be implemented as soon as possible. They are "good news". In the Premier League, Tuchel's team played the victory on Saturday in added time, and only a 2-2 (0: 0) came against the Wolverhampton Wanderers after 2-0 lead.
consent is still missing
The Premier League and the British government still have to agree to the sale of the Champions League winner to the American-Swiss group. This is necessary because the assets of the previous club owner Roman Abramowitsch are frozen on Ukraine in the course of the Russian attack war.
The £ 2.5 billion for the purchase of the club shares are paid into a blocked British bank account. As announced by Abramowitsch, the money should be donated to "100 percent for charitable purposes", Chelsea said. Abramowitsch had recently denied speculation that he would benefit from the sale of Chelsea. A approval of the British government is required to transfer the proceeds.
In addition, the new owners will provide more than $ 2.1 billion (£ 1.75 billion) for further investments in the club, such as in the Stamford Bridge.
In addition to Boehly and Mark Walter, who are co-owners of the baseball club Los Angeles Dodgers, the consortium also belongs to the Swiss multi-billionaire Hansjörg Wyss. The largest proportion of the London Club will in future be held by the US investor Clearlake Capital. With a competition offer, the British chemical company Ineos had probably entered bidding too late.
Because of the sanctions against the Russian oligarch Abramowitsch, FC Chelsea is currently not allowed to commit new players or extend contracts. The club also has strict financial requirements.