The American bank Raine Group, engaged by Roman Abramovich, closed, yesterday at 9 p.m., the reception of the proposals for the acquisition of the club.
Among several interested parties – there was news of at least eight different proposals – is Aethel Partners, a London-based financial firm of which Ricardo Santos Silva is one of the founders.
Businessman Nick Candy and the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs in American baseball, are other supporters, as is former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton.
Applicants will be narrowed down to four finalists early next week and proposals will be reviewed with the government, which will review the source of funds and where the money will go.
Any sale will also have to pass the Premier League owners and directors test – known as the “suitable person test”.
Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 for £140m (€166m) and now values the club at £3bn. In the meantime, he has loaned the club half, but said when the sale was announced that he had no intention of being refunded and that the proceeds of the sale would be channeled to support the victims. of the war in Ukraine.