'Four to five days': Businessman now suggests he could be about to make offer to buy Chelsea

Swiss businessman turned billionaire Hansjörg Wyss has hinted that he might make an offer to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.

Speaking to Blick in a rare public outing, Wyss revealed his possible intentions to take Stamford Bridge off Abramovich’s hands.

What is happening with Chelsea and Abramovich?

The future of Chelsea’s ownership is hanging in the balance after it was reported that the Russian tycoon had put the club up for sale.

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Abramovich will listen to proposals for the team he bought back in 2003, as he prepares to face potential sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He had initially handed over responsibilities to a group of six trustees, yet some of the dozen individuals have apparently considered quitting, with the Charity Commission also launching an inquiry into matters.

If the 55-year-old is to be hit by restrictions by the government, they may come into force by the end of the week.

This would leave interested suitors left in the dark over whether or not they could deal with the man at the top of Chelsea’s food chain.

Roman is trying to offload the Blues

Clearly, Abramovich can feel the fire burning on the back of his neck and is trying to offload the flaming building before it combusts.

“I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich,” admitted Wyss.

Wyss made his fortune by founding the medical device manufacturer Synthes USA, which he sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2012.  

According to Forbes, his net worth is $5.1B; no wonder Abramovich approached him.

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However, Wyss confessed that acquiring Chelsea still has plenty of strings attached.

“I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much,” he continued. 

“You know, Chelsea owe him £2 billion. But Chelsea has no money. (Which) Means: Those who buy Chelsea should compensate Abramovich.

“As of today, we don’t know the exact selling price. I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners. 

“But I have to examine the general conditions first. 

“But what I can already say: I’m definitely not doing something like this alone. If I buy Chelsea, then with a consortium consisting of six to seven investors.”

Finding another handful of stakeholders before the week concludes might be tricky, but business works extremely fast, as Abramovich and Wyss know all too well.

Plus, money talks.  

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