‘He wants to get rid of Chelsea QUICKLY’: Billionaire Swiss medical magnate Hansjorg Wyss, 86, reveal he’s ALREADY in talks to buy out Abramovich… but says £2bn price must fall in Roman’s fire sale
- A Swiss billionaire claims that he has been approached to buy Chelsea FC
- Hansjorg Wyss, worth £4.3bn, says he could form part of a £2bn consortium
- Owner Roman Abramovich is claimed to be looking for a quick sale of the club
- Abramovich is braced for UK sanctions amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has claimed he has been offered the chance to join a £2bn consortium with ‘six or seven’ other investors to buy Chelsea.
The 86-year-old, worth a reported £4.3bn, has admitted interest in purchasing the Stamford Bridge club from Roman Abramovich, but only in a consortium.
Russian-Israeli billionaire Abramovich is understood to want to retain his ownership of Chelsea.
But that could effectively prove close to impossible should the UK Government impose sanctions on the 55-year-old, who has owned the west London club since 2003.
Wyss has admitted he will look into the details of any possible deal to buy Chelsea, with the asking price thought to push beyond £2billion.
‘Abramovich is trying to sell all his villas in England, he also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly,’ Wyss told Swiss newspaper Blick.
‘I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.
‘I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much. You know, Chelsea owe him £2 billion. But Chelsea has no money. As of today, we don’t know the exact selling price.’
A Swiss billionaire claims he has been approached to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich
The Russian oligarch’s future as Chelsea owner is uncertain amid impending UK sanctions
Hansjorg Wyss (R) says he could form part of a consortium to purchase the west Londoners
Abramovich attempted to step back from the daily running of Chelsea on Saturday, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Blues boss has tried to hand the ‘stewardship and care’ of Chelsea to the club’s charitable foundation trustees.
That led the Charity Commission to contact the Stamford Bridge club for more detail on Abramovich’s plans, after several of the trustees raised concerns over technicalities.
Labour MP Chris Bryant has called for the UK Government to impose sanctions on Abramovich after a number of Russian oligarchs have already fallen under such penalties.
Hansjorg Wyss says he has been asked to join a £2bn consortium to buy the west London club
Abramovich’s relationship with Vladimir Putin is under scrutiny amid the Ukrainian invasion
Abramovich is understood to have attempted to hand control of Chelsea to the foundation trustees in a bid to protect the club.
The Chelsea owner would not receive any protection from sanctions through stepping away from daily control at Stamford Bridge.
Abramovich’s spokesperson said on Monday that the Russian-Israeli businessman was attempting to broker a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine.
Swiss billionaire Wyss, who founded medical device firm Synthes USA, insisted he could only consider a deal for Chelsea with a clutch of investment partners.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel gave an emotional response when asked about the Ukraine crisis
WHO IS HANSJORG WYSS?
Hansjorg Wyss, 86, is a Swiss billionaire who founded Synthes USA – a medical device manufacturer – in 1977.
According to Forbes, Wyss has a net worth of $5.8bn (£4.3bn) as of 2021.
Wyss has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to environmental charities and has more recently pledged money to politically progressive causes.
Forbes says that Wyss is ‘among the most philanthropic people in the world’.
In 2013, he signed The Giving Pledge, thereby agreeing to give away the majority of his fortune. Other pledgers include Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett.
The 86-year-old has no record of owning a football club or investing in sport.
‘I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners,’ said Wyss. ‘But I have to examine the general conditions first. But what I can already say: I’m definitely not doing something like this alone.
‘If I buy Chelsea, then with a consortium consisting of six to seven investors.’
Elsewhere, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel snapped on Tuesday as scrutiny intensified over Abramovich’s ownership of Chelsea, with the manager insisting: ‘You have to stop asking me these questions. I have no answers’.
Tuchel fielded several questions on the ownership ahead of Wednesday night’s FA Cup trip to Luton before eventually saying: ‘Listen, listen, listen you have to stop, I’m not a politician.
‘You have to stop, honestly, I can only repeat it and I feel bad to repeat it because I’ve never experienced war.
‘So even to talk about it I feel bad because I’m very privileged – I sit here in peace. I do the best I can but you have to stop asking me these questions because I have no answers for you.’
A clearly frustrated Tuchel then slapped the table after being asked for his opinion on the conflict and Abramovich’s current status as owner of Chelsea.
Tuchel earlier said his side ‘are calm at the centre of a storm… which we cannot control and are not responsible for’.
The German insisted the best he and his players can do is to ‘focus on what we love and do’ – as they did against Liverpool in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
‘I think we have a right to focus on sports,’ he said.
‘Everyone is aware of more important things and the situation is Ukraine is by far more important. We still arrived with two strong teams to play a fantastic match. We arrived still to entertain the fans with a match of maximum effort and entertainment. I don’t know what we could do different.’
Share this article
Source: Read Full Article