Chelsea bidders invited to final showdown at Stamford Bridge in last pitch before new club owner is announced
PARTIES bidding for Chelsea have been invited to Stamford Bridge for a final round of talks.
The Telegraph claims representatives from the remaining three bids will be in London this week for one last roll of the dice.
Chelsea and Raine, in charge of the sale, will listen to each of the final £2.5billion proposals as they hone in on a winner.
LA Dodgers owner Todd Boehly, Boston Celtics chief Stephen Pagliuca and British businessman Sir Martin Broughton head the three groups left in the running to replace Roman Abramovich.
And they are hopeful of discovering Chelsea and Raine’s decision by the end of the week.
The trio will reveal their final plans for the Blues, which is set to include an agreement not to sell until 2032 at the earliest.
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Transfer plans, stadium expansion proposals and long-term investment ideas will also form part of the pitches.
And all parties remain eager to conclude business by the end of May.
If a sale still hasn’t gone through by then, Chelsea would need to request an extension to their operating licence from the UK government.
The Premier League is also believed to be conducting unofficial background checks on the remaining parties.
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Last week, it was revealed that F1 star Lewis Hamilton and tennis ace Serena Williams had joined Broughton’s bid for Chelsea.
The sporting greats have each committed £10million towards the potential takeover.
Elsewhere, Boston Celtics owner Pagliuca has been joined in his bid by NBA chief Larry Tanenbaum, with the duo reportedly committed to ‘lifetime ownership’ of Chelsea.
But LA Dodgers co-owner Boehly is considered to the favourite after garnering support from Clearlake Capital, as well as investors Hasnjorg Wyss and Jonathan Goldstein.
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