Who are the potential new owners of Chelsea and what problems do they face? | Chelsea

Who is behind the consortium?

The group’s move came when the 86-year-old Swiss billionaire came Hansjörg Wyss has been released to the public Interested in buying Chelsea from Roman Abramovich. Wyss said he had been working with other investors, and it soon turned out that the person facing the bid was Todd Boehle, an American who partially owns the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Boehly, who co-founded Eldridge Industries, is worth an estimated $4.5 billion, and his interest in Chelsea did not come out of nowhere: Abramovich turned down an offer in 2019.

Nothing was left to chance this time and so was Bohli Chosen as Favorite Model In favor of Chelsea despite a belated bid from Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Investors include Jonathan Goldstein, a British businessman who is CEO of Kane International and a Spurs fan, and fellow Boehli Dodgers owner Mark Walter. There is also support from US investment firm Clearlake Capital. Daniel Finkelstein, a fellow Conservative and columnist for The Times, and Barbara Charon, a popular advertising publisher, will become non-executive directors if the deal goes through. The consortium received advice from Robbie Worshaw, where former advisor George Osborne works.

Boehly is expected to be the most influential figure in the race Chelsea, with more Wyss in the background. Boehly has a long history of working with Goldstein, a lawyer who has been a major player in the real estate world, and with Walter.

What did Buhli do in the Dodgers?

It looks like Stan Kroenke was going to buy the Dodgers for £900m 10 years ago, only to the Buhli Group who stunned the Arsenal owner by making a £1.3bn bid for the franchise. It was a huge statement of intent, and Buhle, who studied at the London School of Economics and is part owner of the Los Angeles Sparks women’s basketball team, has shown a lot of ambition since then. There has been a consistent investment in the Dodgers and they are He won the world championship in 2020This suggests that Buhli will focus on winning at Chelsea.

The L.A. Dodgers, partly owned by Todd Boehly, are enjoying their 2020 World Championship win.
The L.A. Dodgers, partly owned by Todd Boehly, are enjoying their 2020 World Championship win. Photo: John J. Mabanglo/EPA

Are there any potential obstacles?

The emergence of interest from Ratcliffe raises the possibility of a late turnover by Abramovich. No other bidders remain in the race. None of the investors in the Boehly consortium own stakes in rival football clubs and there are no political differences associated with the file.

Will the approach be different from Abramovich’s?

Don’t expect the Bohli Group to protect Chelsea’s center by giving them £1.5 billion in loans. There is likely to be a desire to make the club self-sufficient and the days of spending £200m on signings could be over in a single summer, although that doesn’t necessarily mean Chelsea will not be able to compete for major achievements. It has become one of the biggest brands in the world and arguably could do with a different approach off the field.

A harsh culture of hiring and firing managers was the norm under Abramovich, but the new hierarchy should look to build around Thomas Tuchel and give him more control over hiring. This may be useful to the Germans. Tuchel has enjoyed working with influential director, Marina Granovskaya, and technical and performance advisor, Petr Cech, who should stay, but a change in the board of directors could make him even more powerful.

Are there plans to renovate Stamford Bridge?

This will be the key to strengthening Chelsea’s finances. With a capacity of 42,000, Stamford Bridge is smaller than the stadiums of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham. Back-up renewal is one possible solution. The transition will be fraught with difficulties because the freehold is owned by the non-profit PLC company, Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO).

The renovation of Chelsea's Stamford Bridge is fundamental to bolstering the club's finances.
The renovation of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge is fundamental to bolstering the club’s finances. Photography: Jose Britton/NoorPhoto/Shutterstock

Will there be a supporting post?

All the bidders had to enter into dialogue with the CPO and the Chelsea Supporters Trust, but it remains to be seen if there will be a gold quota for fans.

What are the issues that need to be resolved?

The new owners will need to provide Tuchel with funds to plug holes in his defense. Antonio Rudiger has decided to join Real Madrid for free and Barcelona is expected to sign Andreas Christensen when the Denmark central defender’s contract expires at the end of the season. Barcelona also retain their interest in César Azpilicueta, who could be allowed to leave despite Chelsea having an automatic one-year extension in their captain’s deal.

The turmoil could leave Tuchel with Thiago Silva, Malang Sar and Trivoh Chalube as the only major centre-backs. Levi Colwell can advance after a good loan spell at Huddersfield but more experience is needed.

Are there problems in other situations?

The owners will need to act quickly. They should start negotiations with Mason Mount, whose deal expires in two years, and consider whether changes are needed in their midfield. Decisions must be made on N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho, with both midfielders’ contracts set to expire next year. Now it’s time to sell one of them given that Conor Gallagher is back Who loaned him to Crystal Palace?

As for attacking, Chelsea must also decide whether to cut their losses on Romelu Lukaku. The striker has not settled down since his £97.5m move from Inter Milan last summer and doesn’t seem to fit in with Tuchel’s style.

Is it time to sell Jorginho (left) and N'Golo Kanté?
Is it time to sell Jorginho (left) and N’Golo Kanté? Photo: Catherine Eiffel/Getty Images

Will they be active in the transfer market?

Chelsea will need to replace Christensen and Rudiger, and will likely bring them back to life Caring for Jules Conde in Seville. Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and Leicester City’s Josco Gvardiol are also under surveillance, while Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez has also been targeted in the past.

There is an opportunity to revitalize the team. West Ham’s Declan Rice is still a target in midfield, although buying Monaco’s Aurelien Chuamini would be easier. Likewise, Lille striker Jonathan David could be more affordable than Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, although incomes in attack may depend on sales. There are doubts about Lukaku, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.