Chelsea confirm Todd Boehly consortium agreement to acquire club in £4.25bn takeover

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Chelsea have confirmed that the consortium led by Todd Boehly bidding to take control of the club has signed an agreement to acquire it from Roman Abramovich.

The American billionaire, who is co-owner of baseball team LA Dodgers, has finalised terms to buy the club along with his partners Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjorg Wyss. The deal has been revealed to be worth £4.25billion — a record amount for a sports franchise — after the west London club issued a statement in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for a new ownership group, led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss, to acquire the Club.

deposited into a frozen UK bank account with the intention to donate 100% to charitable causes as confirmed by Roman Abramovich. UK Government approval will be required for the proceeds to be transferred from the frozen UK bank account.”

There were concerns that exiled owner Abramovich, who was hit by sanctions from the UK government in late February due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, would demand his £1.6bn investment in the club to be repaid in the form of a loan. But the Russian dismissed those concerns with a statement of his own earlier this week, insisting the money would go into a frozen account as planned and would not be touched by him.

As part of the agreement, Boehly’s group have agreed to invest a set amount of £1.75bn to ensure the continued development of the club. It is understood a large chunk of this fund will go towards redeveloping Stamford Bridge, with all prospective owners submitting plans to increase the capacity at the ground.

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It should also ensure that Thomas Tuchel is able to make new signings this summer after being frustrated by the transfer embargo put in place, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both leaving on free transfers. The funds should also allow investments to be made in the club’s academy, women’s team and the Chelsea Foundation.

The club also revealed that the sale is expected to be completed by the end of May, with Boehly’s consortium will also required to pass the Premier League’s owners’ and director’s test before the sale can be ratified. However, there is not expected to be any hitches in that regard, which will come as a relief to Chelsea fans, with the club’s licence to operate by the government set to expire on May 31.

The news of Boehly’s group signing the agreement will officially bring an end to Abramovich’s 19-year tenure as owner of the club. During that time, Chelsea have won the Premier League on five occasions, being crowned Champions League winners twice and even won the Club World Cup in January this year under Tuchel. That was the last time Abramovich was seen with the team as he joined the celebrations in the United Arab Emirates.

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