Todd Boehly’s Consortium visits Cobham’s Chelsea training ground as they seek to complete historic takeover
TODD BOEHLY’s consortium circle Chelsea’s training ground as they seek to complete a historic takeover of the club.
The US billionaire’s group is just one of four remaining bidders – and all will have visited Cobham by Monday.
SunSport understands the Ricketts family have already visited the Surrey base and another bidder is expected today.
Our exclusive photos show the group of 20 – all dressed and booted – walking around the resort.
Boehly is not part of the squad but attended Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Karim Benzema’s hat-trick put Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League defense in doubt – hours before Boehly’s associates were at Cobham.
He traveled to London this week to discuss buying the crisis-ridden Blues.
Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale last month amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine before being sanctioned days later.
The oligarch initially wanted to sell it for £3billion, but UK government restrictions mean he won’t get a penny from the sale – which New York-based investment bank Raine Group is in charge.
Reports suggested that up to 300 parties had expressed an interest in buying the Blues.
But after the slate was narrowed, only four bids made it to the final shortlist, with final bids needed by April 14.
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LA Lakers and LA Dodgers chief Boehly and Sir Martin Broughton are both leading rival consortia to buy the club.
The controversial Ricketts family – led by Chicago Cubs owner Tom – and American private equity investor Stephen Pagliuca are also in the running.
Boehly is CEO of Eldridge Industries – a Connecticut private investment company – and is worth £4.7billion.
His consortium is made up of Swiss philanthropist Hansjorg Wyss and London-based property investor Jonathan Goldstein.
Billionaire Mark Walter – who co-owns the LA Dodgers with Boehly and is worth £3.3billion – is believed to be the latest to join the bid.
Despite being an incredibly busy businessman, Boehly has plenty of time for charity work.
He is a board member of Faces – Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures – and Brunswick School, a private school in Connecticut.
Boehly also helps the Prostate Cancer Foundation, as well as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption – the only non-profit charitable organization in North America dedicated to finding forever homes for foster children.