Chelsea takeover: Who is Sir Jim Ratcliffe and is Roman Abramovich going to sell to him?

CHELSEA fans are excited at the prospect of Sir Jim Ratcliffe buying the club from current owner Roman Abramovich – but who exactly is the British businessman?

The Blues are struggling on the pitch this season and supporters are feeling disillusioned with the west London outfit.

Chelsea owner Abramovich is currently enduring visa problems which limits the amount of time he can spend in the UK, meaning the day-to-day running of the club is handled by his trusted confidant Marina Granovskaia.

But the Times report British billionaire Sir Ratcliffe is interested in taking the club off the Russian’s hands.

Here is everything you need to know about the planned takeover and the man behind it.

Jim Ratcliffe is currently exploring the possibility of buying Chelsea but is said to be unwilling to meet Abramovich’s current demands.

The Times report the Russian oligarch wants at least £2.5bn for the Premier League outfit, which Ratcliffe sees as far too much.

Earlier today, the 66-year-old, confirmed he would be taking over cycling’s Team Sky, which will now be named ‘Team Ineos’ after Ratcliffe’s chemical company.

The amateur cyclist will provide the £35m needed for the team to continue beyond 2019 after talks with Sir Dave Brailsford.

n 2018, Ratcliffe invested £110m into Sir Ben Ainslie’s Ineos Team UK, also renaming that in the process.

The aim is now to compete for the America’s Cup in New Zealand in two years time.

Ratcliffe is the richest man in Britain, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, who estimated he was worth a whopping £21bn back in May.

The petrochemicals tycoon has a season ticket at Stamford Bridge but surprisingly grew up supporting Manchester United as a youngster.

Ratcliffe currently resides in Monaco.

The Times report that Chelsea have denied the club is up for sale.

But Abramovich’s involvement has been noticeably quiet in recent months.

The Blues owner has cancelled plans to build a new stadium and has been hesitant to splash vast amounts of money at players in recent transfer windows.

Chelsea are also now facing a transfer ban in the coming months.

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