Chelsea bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to meet with club stakeholders despite Todd Boehly’s consortium being named as the preferred bidder to succeed Roman Abramovich.
The Monaco-based British billionaire submitted his offer directly to Chelsea as they anticipated the offer despite the surprise at the time.
However, Boehly’s group was named by Raine as the preferred bidder the same day Ratcliffe formalized his offer, apparently unaware of the details of the British billionaire’s offer.
According to Athletic, Ratcliffe is set to meet with Chelsea stakeholders this week in hopes of a successful bid.
Boehly and his consortium have now entered a period of exclusivity which will give them time to finalize the purchase of the club and the acquisition of Roman Abramovich, but the Russian could abandon the formal sale process if Boehly’s group cannot complete the takeover.
This could see Ratcliffe emerge as the winner and he is now putting measures in place to speak to stakeholders, such as fan groups.
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Boehly and the bands that were part of the formal bidding process have already met with fan groups and former Blue Paul Canoville, while it’s unclear if Ratcliffe will meet the former.
Ratcliffe currently owns Ligue 1 side Nice, as well as cycling team Team Sky, which he has rebranded as Team INEOS.
“We made an offer (Friday) morning”, Ratcliffe said, as quoted by Athletic. “We are the only British bid. Our motivations are simply to try to create a very nice club in London.
“We don’t have any profit because we make our money in other ways.”
It remains to be seen if his bid stands a chance as Boehly’s side enter exclusive talks with Chelsea as the preferred bidder.
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