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Chelsea could have new owners with takeover talks expected

Timothy Aiyeku

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There are indications that Roman Abramovich is bent on selling part of the stake in Chelsea with reports that he is expected to hold talks with Czech billionaire Petr Kellner.

An earlier speculation that the West London team would be sold to new owners was dismissed by the club as they affirmed that the Russian billionaire is unwilling to do such a business.

This is followed by the report that he had rejected an offer of £2 billion to have Chelsea sold to Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

However, later report says Abramovich who bought Chelsea in 2003 considers selling a little part of the stake so as to have support for the release of funds for transfer dealings.

Tyden, a Czech Republic based newspaper has, therefore, reports that Petr Kellner has shown sincere interest in a deal with initial talks expected to hold in coming days.

54-year-old Kellner who is ranked 88th on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list is reported to be worth about £10.2 billion from his investments in insurance and banking.

The Czech billionaire is reported to own an executive box and has expressed his willingness to help the club finance some of their transfer dealings as well as help in the plans to increase the capacity of the Stamford Bridge from 41,600 to 60,00.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.