Report: Rival bidders now think Raine group actually want to sell Chelsea to 55-year-old businessman

Some of those involved in the bidding war to buy Chelsea reportedly believe the Raine Group are leaning toward the Ricketts Family.

According to The Athletic, there is a feeling amongst the candidates that the Chicago Cubs owners will be preferenced by the merchant bank dealing with the sale.

Why would the Ricketts be a good fit?

This particular party certainly have a strong case behind their aims to succeed Roman Abramovich.

They certainly possess the finances to acquire club, supported further by the American hedge fund manager Ken Griffin.

Running a sports team comes naturally to the family, having bought the Major League Baseball side back in 2009.

Whilst enjoying success on the field, the Ricketts family also oversaw the refurbishment of the Cubs’ fabled stadium, Wrigley Field, something Stamford Bridge has been crying out for.

Tom Ricketts, 55, is steering the bid, with his brothers Pete and Todd and sister Laura sitting in the passenger seats.

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Tom has prior knowledge of the English footballing landscape, having been a member of the consortium that owned Derby County for seven years.

Why wouldn’t the Ricketts be a good fit?

Whilst all of these factors – on paper – make for an extremely strong CV, the Ricketts family are behind their competitors in one, extremely vital race.

Chelsea fans have attempted to banish the American group from the running by promoting the #notoRicketts campaign on social media.

Their anger has been aimed at Joe Ricketts, the father of the family, who made some unrepeatable comments in a string of private emails between 2009 and 2014.

Although Joe is apparently not involved in his children’s attempts to take over the Blues, his actions could have serious consequences, perhaps rightly so.

If the Ricketts are to be foiled by their dad’s awful words, it may present an opening for another of the possible bidders.

Joe Ricketts, with wife Marlene, before the start of game 5 of the World Series, between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

The Raine Group recently whittled the shortlist down to four parties fronted by Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton, Stephen Pagliuca and the Ricketts family.

Who will be the chosen one? Find out next week (hopefully)…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.