Britain’s richest man offers Roman Abramovich £2bn for Chelsea

Britain’s richest man offers Roman Abramovich £2bn for Chelsea

Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has had a bid for Chelsea rejected by fellow billionaire Roman Abramovich, according to reports.

The Daily Mail reported that Jim Ratcliffe, the chairman and chief executive of multinational petrochemicals group Ineos, expressed an interest in the Premier League club which the Russian has owned for 15 years.

All this has spread rumors around the globe that Chelsea football club would be up for sale as owner Roman Abramovich plans not to take forward any of the club's overhead costs.

But it's understood that he has no intention of abandoning the Blues, with the Russian also rejecting other offers, including one from China.

Mr Ratcliffe topped this year's Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated wealth of £21bn. Ratcliffe's company, Ineos, recorded sales of £45bn and employs more than 18,500 people in 22 countries.

The 65-year-old is a Manchester United fan but watches football at Stamford Bridge because it is close to his Chelsea home.

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Ratcliffe, who grew up in Manchester, has not previously linked with buying into English football.

Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, with five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three EFL Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League being won since then.

However following Theresa May's crackdown on filthy rich Russian's living in the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the Salisbury chemical weapon attack, Abramovich has faced difficulties renewing his United Kingdom visa.

The British government has made it clear that he cannot work in Britain on his Israeli passport, although he can visit for up to six months at a time.

A spokesman for Ineos said they did not respond to market rumour or speculation and Chelsea, who refused to comment publicly on the story to the Mail, did not respond to phone calls from Reuters.

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