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‘At the moment’: Sky journalist names the two bidders who are currently leading the way to buy Chelsea

Kaveh Solhekol’s two favourites at this moment in time to buy Chelsea are Todd Boehly and the Ricketts family.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Solhekol identified the separate American-led parties whilst discussing the potential successor to Roman Abramovich.

Probably as we speak, the Raine Group are narrowing down their search for the new Stamford Bridge owner.

Last Friday was the final deadline for all offers to be submitted, with some extremely wealthy candidates stepping forward.

Once all the plans have been assessed, the Raine Group will send over a shortlist of buyers to the UK government and the Premier League for further inspection.

Some might fall at the first hurdle; others may go all the way.

There are a few suitors seeming more likely to acquire Abramovich’s empire than others.

British property developer Nick Candy certainly boosted his plea by securing extra financial backing from two South Korean firms.

A consortium combining Sir Martin Broughton, Lord Coe and potentially a couple more investors looks like a strong outfit.

Solhekol explains

However, Solhekol instead looked across the pond to specify the bids in the best position right now.

“We are expecting, maybe today, maybe tomorrow, for the Raine Group to come up with a shortlist. Now, that shortlist is likely to have two or three preferred bidders,” he explained.

“Who do I think those preferred bidders are going to be? Well, I think the front runners at the moment, you would have to say, is the bid fronted by Todd Boehly, the part-owner of the LA Dodgers.

“Also, the bid fronted by the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs.

“Why do I say that? Because both of those bids have serious funding from investment bankers and hedge fund managers in America, some of the richest people in America backing those bids.

“Both the men leading the bids, Todd Boehly and the Ricketts family, tried to buy Chelsea in the past.

“So, they will know a lot about Chelsea. They will have contacts in the past with people at the Raine Group.”

Boehly has joined forces with Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and Jonathan Goldstein to move for the London club.

Meanwhile, the Ricketts family sort out the support of hedge fund aficionado Ken Griffin to help their bid.

Apparently, the Cubs owners are extremely confident about being part of Raine’s chosen suitors, even if they need to convince Chelsea fans of their suitability for the role.

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