Chelsea fans can buy club shares, claims bidder Martin Broughton
Chelsea are up for grab as its Russian owner Roman Abramovich decided to sell the club
The bidding window for the club closed at 9 PM (GMT) on Friday
South Korean companies Hana Financial Group and C&P Sports Limited have joined the bidding war
So far three bids have been made to buy Chelsea by groups led by British property developer Nick Candy, Chicago Cubs owners of the Ricketts family and the pairing of Broughton and the president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe.
The bidding window closed at 9 PM (GMT) on Friday with a shortlist of offers set to be finalised by the start of next week.
Chelsea are up for grab after owner Roman Abramovich decided to sell the club as the British government imposed sanctions on the Russian oligarch.
”It’s a group of individuals from around the world … highly capitalised. This will be all their own money, no exit timelines, and from four or five continents,” Broughton said of his group in a BBC radio interview on Saturday.
"All of these people are committed to keeping Chelsea at the level it is at the moment – a top championship-winning team,” added Broughton, who claimed to be an ardent supporter of Chelsea since 1955.
In the meantime, South Korean companies Hana Financial Group and C&P Sports Limited have also joined the bidding war, with Candy offering two billion pounds ($2.6 billion) to claim the ownership of the club, a statement from Candy said on Friday.
Broughton, however, refused to reveal how much his group had bid but said it was competitive.
The owners of the US baseball team the Chicago Cubs, the Ricketts family, have also made a bid for Chelsea, in conjunction with Citadel founder Ken Griffin.
In the coming days, more companies are likely to join the bidding war for the popular Premier League club. According to a Reuters report, Swiss billionaire Hansjoerg Wyss, who has linked up with LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly, British businessman Jonathan Goldstein and Conservative peer Daniel Finkelstein, have also submitted their bids.
Broughton said his consortium was ready to welcome Chelsea fans to buy shares in the club – something he hoped would appeal to the British government as it weighs up the different bids.
“We think the winning bid needs to be fan-friendly,” he said.