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Abramovich set to buy La Liga club Valencia after the sale of Chelsea

Roman Abramovich has made a bid to buy Valencia once the sale of Chelsea has been completed, according to reports.

Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale at the start of March before being hit by sanctions by the UK government.

He had his assets frozen as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, due to his alleged ties with president Vladimir Putin.

Last month it was reported that Abramovich suffered poisoning during attempts to aid peace talks in Ukraine.

After being linked with buying Turkish Super Lig outfit Goztepe, Abramovich has now made an offer to buy La Liga side Valencia, as per Plaza Deportivo (via Sport Witness).

Rival bidder Miguel Zorio claims that current Valencia owner Peter Lim has leaked the Russian oligarch’s bid to the media.

“Peter Lim has tried to sell the club in London for 250 million euros and has not succeeded,” Zorio is reported as saying.

“Lately, he has leaked to international media that he has two purchase offers, mine and that of the Russian oligarch of Chelsea.

“And from here, I tell him that either he puts 50 million every year to compensate for the losses he generates or he sells to us. Whether he likes it or not.”

Valencia are up for sale after years of financial mismanagement by Lim, who has watched the Spanish club slide down the La Liga table in recent seasons.

Elsewhere, Carlo Ancelotti insists he is ‘not bothered’ by the Real Madrid fans booing Gareth Bale on his return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 32-year-old made his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, coming off the bench in the 74th minute of Madrid’s 2-0 win over Getafe on Saturday.

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