46-year-old has just taken a ‘step closer’ to buying Chelsea as clear favourite now emerges

Todd Boehly’s consortium are now reportedly a “step closer” to winning the race to buy Chelsea.

According to The Times, Boehly’s group are now one of the clear favourites to complete a club takeover after being put on a shortlist of preferred bidders.

It is understood that Sir Martin Broughton’s consortium, as well as the Ricketts family are set to make it through to the next part of the process, too.

The Raine Group, who are the US bank in charge of Chelsea’s sale and finding a successor to Roman Abramovich, are selecting the front runners.

Interestingly, The Times report adds that it’s the Boehly bid which is closer to becoming the club’s next new owners.

Boehly, 46, is a co-owner of the LA Dodgers and has been linked with a takeover early into the saga.

He’s supported by the likes of Jonathan Goldstein, Hansjorg Wyss, and Daniel Finkelstein in his takeover attempt.

If you go back to mid-March, The Times claimed at the time Boehly’s group was seen as the “most viable” option by the Raine Group. It sounds like this early assessment was bang on the money.