Chelsea’s new owners are open to keeping Marina Granovskaia
after buying the club from Roman Abramovich, according to
#Abramovich has #confirmed that he wants to sell Chelsea and has
claimed that the #decision ‘is in best interest of the club’.
The #Russian #billionaire has faced multiple calls to be sanctioned by
the UK Government for his alleged ties with #Vladimir #Putin,
something which he has #consistently denied.
#Granovskaia, meanwhile, has been a key figurehead at Chelsea for
over a decade and oversees how the football side of the club
operates, including player contracts, managerial #appointments and
dismissals, and transfers.
According to The #Telegraph, Granovskaia, who has been described
as ‘the most #powerful woman in football’ is the only person at
Chelsea who has regular contact with Abramovich.
And the report claims that those interested in buying Chelsea are
open to the prospect of keeping Granovskaia in her current
position, given her strong reputation in football.
However, The Telegraph report that Granovskaia would need to cut
her professional ties with Abramovich in order to do so. According
to Chelsea, she has ‘worked closely’ as a ‘senior adviser’ to
Abramovich for 18 years.
According to Swiss newspaper Blick, a Swiss-American
consortium is leading the race to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.
The group, which is spearheaded by Swiss billionaire Hansjorg
Wyss and US tycoon Todd Boehly, who owns parts of the Los
Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers, are even hopeful that a
provisional agreement can be reached as early as Monday.
Abramovich has already announced that he will write off the £1.5
billion he is owed by Chelsea, but it’s understood that the Russian
is looking for a £3bn fee for the club.
However, investors are wary of meeting that valuation primarily due
to the estimated £2.2bn it would cost to redevelop Stamford
Speaking on Thursday, Premier League chief executive Richard
Masters suggested that Abramovich could conceivably sell
Chelsea before their next Premier League home game against
Newcastle United on March 13.
‘I think the quickest one we have ever done is 10 days but that’s
not to say that record cannot be beaten,’ Masters said at the
Financial Times Business of Football Summit on Thursday.
‘Normally it will take a number of weeks but that will depend on the
complexity of the deal really and the number of potential owners.
‘Provided that the information is easily digestible, easily
understandable and gives us the right answers, it can be done