Chelsea’s ownership appears to have multiple American suitors and at least a couple bids. The first bid is a joint one from American Todd Boehly and Swiss businessman Hansjorg Wyss, according to The Guardian. Our Ben Jacobs reports that Saudi Media Group made a £2.7 billion bid. The interest from SMG was first reported by Goal.com.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is also preparing a bid for the reigning Champions League winners, according to ESPN. Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is as well, per Sportico.
Current Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich announced last week his decision to sell the club amid mounting calls in the U.K. for him to face sanctions in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Dialogues with interested parties have begun since he has distanced himself from the team. Net proceeds of the club’s sale will be going to victims of the war through a foundation he’s pledged to set up.
Here’s what to know about the American interest:
Johnson preparing bid
The report says that Johnson has already been in touch with Raine Group, which is organizing a bid. Johnson was located in London when he was the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2017 to 2021. The club is up for sale for around $2.24 billion.
If Johnson wins the bid to buy the club, he will be the third current majority owner of an NFL franchise and a Premier League club. The others are:
Los Angeles Rams and Arsenal FC owner Stan KroenkeTampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United owners the Glazer family
Additionally, San Francisco 49ers Enterprises, backed by Denise DeBartolo York and Jed York, own a minority stake in Leeds United, while Jackson Jaguars owner Shad Khan owns second-division club Fulham.
Johnson is not the first suitor to emerge with ties to North American sports. Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss is part of a consortium that includes Todd Boehly, part owner of the Los…