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EPL: Abramovich ‘to receive bids to sell Chelsea this week’

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Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, will reportedly receive bids to sell the club this week with at least three parties keen on a purchase.

The Russian, who bought his beloved Blues in 2003, announced on Saturday he has handed over the stewardship of the West London outfit to their six trustees.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it has been said that offers are being prepared to reach the billionaire.

According to the Telegraph, Abramovich, 55, could receive three bids by the end of the week to sell Chelsea.

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It has previously been said that the Champions League holders are NOT for sale.

Though the Telegraph states that potential bidders believe he could be open to doing business for the first time.

Abramovich has loaned Chelsea £1.5billion through holding company Fordstam although he has shown no signs of ever demanding repayment.

Previous soundings out of bids worth up to £2.2bn have been rejected out of hand with Abramovich and Chelsea insistent that the club was not for sale.

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It has been claimed that Abramovich is preparing to sell his mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens imminently.

Labour MP Chris Bryant told the House of Commons: “I think we need to stand united, end of.

“But the Government has said that it wants to, quite rightly, sanction Duma members, and it wants to sanction members of the Russian Federation Council but it’s not been able to do so yet.

“Alisher Usmanov (Everton owner) has already been sanctioned by the EU but not yet by the UK.

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“But I suspect he’ll be pretty soon on a UK list and Everton should certainly be cutting ties with him already.

“Roman Abramovich, well I think he’s terrified of being sanctioned, which is why he’s already going to sell his home tomorrow, and sell another flat as well.

“My anxiety is that we’re taking too long about these things.”

Chelsea’s fans begged Abramovich not to leave over the weekend as they labelled him as the ‘best owner in club football’.

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Though Abramovich infuriated Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville over his brief statement as he labelled his actions as ‘cowardly’.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel delivered a passionate speech about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup clash against Luton.

After being asked about the conflict, he remarked: “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.

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“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.”

Chelsea are currently being probed after Abramovich handed control over to the trustees of the club’s charitable foundation.

However, the six trustees are yet to formally accept the transition but talks have already begun with further discussions planned for this week.

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