Breaking news this week is that the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, have now confirmed that they will indeed be tabling a bid to acquire Chelsea. The family are reportedly joining forces with billionaire Ken Griffin.
Those interested in acquiring the club have time until Friday to submit their proposals to US bank the Raine Group.
The Ricketts family going public with their intention to table a bid confirms them as solid rivals to the Boehly-Wyss-Goldstein consortium. Also, their interest cements once again the notion that Chelsea is a club not short of potential suitors.
Inside sources have confirmed that the Boehly-fronted consortium has tabled a bid valued at between £2 billion and £2.5 billion.
According to a spokesperson for the Ricketts, the family believe they are good candidates for the takeover due to their enormous success with the Cubs. The spokesperson also confirmed that the family will be heading up an investment group for making their formal bid for the football club.
Some fans of the club have however voiced their concern over the bid to be tabled by the Ricketts family. The unhappiness stems from the fact that family patriarch Joe Ricketts was three years ago accused of Islamophobia.
This accusation has now sparked a massive backlash against the family. Several fans pointed out on social media this week how GM Thomas Tuchel’s squad features several Muslim players.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are eager to avoid any further delays following the sanctions imposed on current owner Roman Abramovich.
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