Chelsea exclusive: Club plan to change crest that was approved by Roman Abramovich

CHELSEA chiefs have given the green light to designs to alter the club crest.

Express Sport understands that plans are already underway to make adjustments to the current design approved by Roman Abramovich in 2005.

The existing crest, which was released following Abramovich’s purchase of the club, features a lion holding a staff, which is the Earl of Cadogan’s coat of arms.

Express Sport understands the lion will stay but adjustments are currently being made to the font as part of a freshen up.

A source said: “The crest is being redesigned. There won’t be massive changes but it’s being given a freshen up.”

Ahead of the club’s centenary year in 2005, Abramovich restored the rampant lion to the club’s crest in a move that went down well with fans.

The Russian has since made Chelsea into a global brand but there are now suggestions he could sell the club he bought in a deal worth £140million in 2013.

Discussing the possibility of a sale, Karren Brady told The Sun last week: “In the City (London not Manchester) they guess the sale price for Chelsea is around £3bn.

“If he were to sell up, as reports have suggested this week he might, it would be a decent profit on Abramovich’s original purchase price, which at the time no doubt caused seller Ken Bates to salivate.

Ahead of the club’s centenary year in 2005, Abramovich restored the rampant lion to the club’s crest in a move that went down well with fans.

The Russian has since made Chelsea into a global brand but there are now suggestions he could sell the club he bought in a deal worth £140million in 2013.

Discussing the possibility of a sale, Karren Brady told The Sun last week: “In the City (London not Manchester) they guess the sale price for Chelsea is around £3bn.

“If he were to sell up, as reports have suggested this week he might, it would be a decent profit on Abramovich’s original purchase price, which at the time no doubt caused seller Ken Bates to salivate.

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