LONDON UK. Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s wealthiest man, has again refueled rumours & speculations that he is interested in taking over Chelsea football club. His representatives also declined to comment specifically on the rumours that he had a bid for Chelsea rejected by fellow billionaire Mr Roman Abramovich earlier this year.
Ratcliffe, speaking exclusively to sources declined to address those reports, saying: “There are always things going on but I can’t really comment.”
Reports at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season suggested that Ratcliffe, the founder, chairman and majority owner of chemicals firm Ineos, had offered £2 billion to buy the west London club from Abramovich.
He did, however, admit that football was a “lifelong passion”, noting that he already owned “a small club in Switzerland”. The 65-year-old became the owner of FC Lausanne-Sport in 2017.
Ratcliffe, a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, said that he thought Abramovich was “on his way out” of Chelsea for one reason or another but again declined to comment on whether he would be interested in taking over.
Chelsea have rejected reports that their Russian owner is ready to sell, insisting he will resume redevelopment work at Stamford Bridge, even though Abramovich has had issues with the Home Office over his UK investor’s visa.
Source: The Telegraph