British businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe has previously been linked with a takeover at Chelsea for a number of years.
However, Roman Abramovich remains in charge of the Blues for the foreseeable future after Ratcliffe’s business Ineos’ move to take over Ligue 1 side Nice back in August.
The Russian took over at Stamford Bridge in when he purchased the club from Ken Bates back in 2003, and he has overseen five Premier League title wins, five FA Cup wins, three League cup victories, two Europa League wins and one Champions League victory.
Back in January it was revealed (via Forbes ) that Abramovic had invested £247 million into the club, despite not attending a game in two years.
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Now the CIES Football Observatory have revealed just a part of how much the Chelsea owner could demand for the club should he decide to sell anytime soon.
The article ranks the squad value of clubs from the top five European leagues, with Chelsea coming out in fifth place with a value of just over €1 billion. That value is said to be down to the emergence of young talent under the stewardship of Frank Lampard over the last season.
Of course, the squad value is just a part of the price that is demanded for a club, other factors such as stadium value should also be taken into consideration.
Speaking to the Financial Times earlier in the month, Jim Ratcliffe’s brother, Bob Ratcliffe said that any top six side would cost around £2 billion to buy.
He also revealed that the investment into the stadium was one of the reasons why they decided not to make a serious move for the club.
“There was some early exchange [with Chelsea] but we were a significant way apart on valuations,” he said.
“The issue with Chelsea is its stadium. We are all getting older and it is a decade of your life to resolve that.”