LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly reaches $5.25 billion deal to take over Chelsea
A consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly and backed by Clearlake Capital has won the bid to acquire Premier League club Chelsea, the team announced on Friday.
The sale, which has a total value of £4.25 billion ($5.25 billion), is expected to complete in late May subject to all necessary regulatory approvals.
“Of the total investment being made, £2.5bn ($3.1bn) will be applied to purchase the shares in the Club and such proceeds will be deposited into a frozen UK bank account with the intention to donate 100% to charitable causes as confirmed by Roman Abramovich”, Chelsea said in a statement. “In addition, the proposed new owners will commit £1.75bn ($2.14bn) in further investment for the benefit of the Club.”
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Sources told ESPN last week that the Boehly-led consortium had moved clear in the race to buy Chelsea after being selected as the preferred bidder despite a last-ditch higher offer from British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Russian owner Roman Abramovich, now subject to sanctions by the British government, put the London club up for sale in early March following his country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich cleared the path for the takeover on Thursday after he dismissed reports that he wanted a loan given to the club, reportedly worth 1.5 billion pounds ($1.85 billion), to be repaid.
The Boehly group, which also includes Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and British property investor Jonathan Goldstein, were in exclusive negotiations to buy the club after a late bid from British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe was rejected.
Groups led by Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca and former British Airways chairman Martin Broughton were earlier eliminated from the bidding process while a consortium led by Chicago Cubs owners the Ricketts family pulled out of the running.
Reuters contributed to this report.