Football: Chicago Cubs owners weigh offer for Abramovich's Chelsea

Chelsea FC (above) is being sold by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in the wake of his country’s invasion of Ukraine. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - Owners of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team are weighing an offer to buy Chelsea Football Club, which is being sold by billionaire Roman Abramovich in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Sky News reported.

Property entrepreneur Nick Candy has also expressed an interest to The Raine Group, the bank overseeing the sale. The lifelong Chelsea fan was exploring forming a consortium to bid for the west London club, Sky reported, citing unidentified sources.

The Chicago Cubs is owned by the Ricketts family.

Abramovich, who transformed Chelsea's fortunes since his 2003 purchase, is not among the Russians sanctioned by Britain in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Another potential bidder is Mixed Martial Arts star Conor McGregor, who earlier this week declared on Twitter an "opening offer" of £1.5 billion (S$2.7 billion), according to Sky.

Hansjoerg Wyss, a Swiss businessman, revealed he received an offer to buy Chelsea earlier this week, along with three other potential buyers.

Abramovich's advisers at the Raine Group are seeking bids of at least £3 billion for the club, Sky News previously reported.

Abramovich made his fortune from dividends and sales of privatised assets acquired from the former Soviet Union, including oil company Sibneft and Aeroflot.

Abramovich, who's worth about US$13 billion (S$17 billion), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, has loaned Chelsea more than a billion pounds. He won't ask for any of the loans to be repaid, he said in the statement.

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