Report: 75-year-old businessman now tells his group to be on standby in case of potential Chelsea takeover

Sir Martin Broughton has reportedly not completely given up hope of completing a takeover bid to buy Chelsea.

According to The Telegraph, the 75-year-old British businessman has told members of his consortium to be on standby.

It is understood Broughton wants to be ready to pounce in the scenario that Todd Boehly, who’s on track to become Chelsea’s next owner, falls at the last hurdle.

This comes after it was claimed last week that Broughton’s takeover bid had been unsuccessful, despite reaching the final shortlist to buy the London club.

Frontrunner Boehly reportedly wants to extend the contracts of key players Mason Mount and Reece James if he can complete the final stages of the takeover process. His consortium now has a week to finalise the deal to buy the Blues.

Broughton, who reportedly received the support of Sir Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams in his takeover offer, is supposedly waiting in the wings to pounce.

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Frustrated Chelsea supporters

It’s definitely at a stage where the Blues fanbase are now just waiting around and are desperate for some official confirmation on the next ownership post-Roman Abramovich.

This massive delay on any kind of transfer activity while under sanctions is threatening to spill over into next season.

If the Blues can’t move as early as they like for transfer targets, perhaps it will impact the start to the next campaign that Thomas Tuchel’s group make.

The various media links are all pointing in the direction of Boehly getting this Chelsea deal over the line, but the sooner the better for everyone involved.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.