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Chelsea sale: Sir Martin Broughton, Todd Boehly and Ricketts family bids on shortlist to buy club

Bids headed by the Ricketts family, Todd Boehly and Sir Martin Broughton on the shortlist being finalised by Raine Group to buy Chelsea; Atalanta co-owner Stephen Pagliuca also on the list; Nick Candy still hoping to be part of the process

Sky Sports News Chief Reporter

The remaining bidders interested in buying Chelsea, including three confirmed by Sky Sports, have been told they must commit £1bn to support the club infrastructure.

The quartet of bidders which were this week approved to proceed to formal offers will have to give contractual guarantees that at least £1bn of additional funding will be available for the Blues’ Stamford Bridge stadium, playing squad and other areas of development.

Among those four are Chicago Cubs owners the Ricketts family, LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly and former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton, who now lead the race to take charge at Stamford Bridge.

As first reported by Sky News on Thursday, Boston Celtics and Atalanta co-owner Stephen Pagliuca has also made a bid and is on the shortlist.

Chelsea fan Nick Candy has not given up hope of playing a part in Chelsea’s future. Candy’s spokesperson said on Friday: “We continue to evaluate and participate in meaningful conversations in the bidding process. Nick has always made it clear that the fans and safeguarding the future of the club are his only interests in this process.”

Bids which make it onto the shortlist will be given access to Chelsea’s data room. They will be given a password which will allow them to look at all Chelsea’s financial data – including player contracts.

They will also have the opportunity to visit the club and meet key personnel such as head coach Thomas Tuchel, chairman Bruce Buck and chief executive Guy Laurence.

Chelsea’s summer will definitely be affected. Is Marina Granovskaia going to be there? She’s the one overseeing all the transfer business. She’s the one who’s in charge of negotiating all the contracts – I’m not sure she’s going to stay. This is the kind of time of year where Chelsea would be working hard behind the scenes before the window opens, working out who they’re going to try and sell, who was going to leave. All of those plans have been put on hold for the time being.

The only thing I would say is that Chelsea have such a fantastic squad anyway, but obviously you would have expected them to have done some business this summer. Everything has just been put on hold. A few months ago we were talking about the fact that they were in for Erling Haaland. It’s just not happening at the moment and I can’t really see any of these consortiums coming in quickly, sorting things out, taking over, backing Thomas Tuchel and saying, ‘here you go, here’s another £100m to buy another striker

They’re not allowed to do any transfer business at the moment. They’re not allowed to offer contracts. They’re not allowed to be talking to players about contracts or offering new contracts. From an agent’s point of view, an agent is paid to look after his player. I’m not sure any agents at the moment would be saying to their clients, as far as Chelsea are concerned, wait and see. It’s not a stable situation. Until we’ve got some more information about what the future is going to look like it’s difficult to come out and say, ‘I want to stay at Chelsea’ or ‘I want to sign for Chelsea’. From Chelsea’s point of view the situation needs to be sorted out as soon as possible.

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