One of the companies attempting to purchase Chelsea Football Club has just added some real star power to its team.
According to The Guardian, Serena Williams and Lewis Hamilton have joined Martin Broughton’s attempt to acquire the successful Premier League soccer franchise. The partnership is looking to buy the six-time English champions after Russian businessman Roman Abramovich placed them up for sale last month.
The tennis and racing luminaries are the most recent recruits to the group chaired by Broughton, who formerly served as Liverpool’s chairman. Other members include World Athletics president Sebastian Coe and the proprietors of the Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Harris and David Blitzer. Harris and Blitzer both own shares in Crystal Palace, another Premier League team, and will have to sell them if their offer is successful. The consortium is said to have offered more than $257 million for Chelsea.
According to Sky Sports, Williams and Hamilton will each put up roughly $12.9 million. If the proposal is successful, Williams’ ownership of Chelsea will be her second in a soccer team. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is also an investor in Angel City FC, a National Women’s Soccer League team headquartered in Los Angeles. Hamilton, on the other hand, is a long-time supporter of Arsenal, one of Chelsea’s toughest rivals. But, ahead of this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy, the seven-time Formula One champion revealed that the opportunity to acquire a piece of the club was too good to pass up.
During a news conference, he said, “Ultimately, I’m a sports fan.” “It’s the largest sport in the world, and Chelsea is one of the biggest and most successful clubs in the world.” When I first learned about this chance, I said to myself, ‘Wow, this is one of the finest possibilities to be a part of something so big.'”
The group headed by Broughton is one of three still battling for control of Chelsea. It and the other two consortiums, represented by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Ted Boehly and Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, filed their final offers for the team earlier this month.
Abramovich placed Chelsea up for sale in early March. The surprising decision occurred amid rumors that the UK government would penalize the tycoon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine due to his strong relations with President Vladimir Putin, which it did a few days later. Abramovich purchased Chelsea for $150 million in 2003, and the club has had tremendous success under his ownership, winning five Premier League crowns, five FA Cups, and the Europa League and Champions League thrice.
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