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Five leading contenders to take over Chelsea and save world champions from oblivion after Abramovich agrees to sale

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH has reiterated his stance on wanting to sell Chelsea and has ordered his US bankers to strike a deal.

The club’s future was shaken on Thursday when the Russian oligarch was placed on a British government sanctions list in the wake of his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Roman Abramovich seems forced to sell Chelsea - and not get a dime for it

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Roman Abramovich seems forced to sell Chelsea – and not get a dime for itCredit: AP

Their brutal restrictions – including no new ticket sales or contracts – mean that The club must find a new buyer within two weeks or risk going bankrupt.

However, every sale is monitored by the government to ensure Abramovich doesn’t get a penny.

SunSport summarizes the leading purchase candidates Chelsea

NICK CANDY, 49, valued at £840million

The avid blues fan and property developer is speaking to a range of American investors about forming a consortium to buy the West London outfit.

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Nick Candy is a huge Chelsea fan and could sit in the directors' box with the actress' wife, Holly

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Nick Candy is a huge Chelsea fan and could sit in the directors’ box with the actress’ wife, HollyCredit: PA

His The £2.5bn proposal is said to include a £1.5bn plan for a rebuild of Stamford Bridge.

candy is married to Australian actress Holly Valance, best known for playing Felicity Scully on the soap opera Neighbours.

TODD ​​BOEHLY, 46, £4bn & HANSJORG WYSS, 86, £4bn

Boehly is the current chairman and CEO of Eldridge Industries — an East Coast-based private investment firm — and also owns the LA Lakers and LA Dodgers.

The philanthropist is ready for the fight and scramble to win the bidding war as he was part of his school wrestling team that won state tournament titles in 1990 and 1991.

Todd Boehly has experience owning large sports clubs

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Todd Boehly has experience owning large sports clubsPhoto credit: Getty
Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss is the oldest bidder in the running

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Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss is the oldest bidder in the runningPhoto credit: Getty

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Swiss Wyss is the founder of Synthes USA, the world’s largest medical device manufacturer, and made his money by selling the company to Johnson & Johnson.

He was the first to go public with his interest and, at 86, is the oldest contender.

Boehly and Wyss would team up to lead a consortium with several investors.

MUHSIN BAYRAK, 50, £8bn

A Turkish billionaire who made his money as chairman of his own company AB Group Holding, which has invested in tourism, cryptocurrency and construction.

It was reported that Abramovich flew to Turkey on a private plane earlier this week to meet Bayrak, who is clearly genuine in his interest in Chelsea.

Muhsin Bayrak has reportedly held talks with Abramovich

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Muhsin Bayrak has reportedly held talks with AbramovichPhoto credit: AB Grup Holding

And he has said he is in talks to buy the Blues with negotiations in full swing.

His first commitment might be Leicester and Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu.

JAMIE REUBEN, 34, £12billion

His father and uncle may have bought a 10 per cent stake in Newcastle last year and he was placed on the board.

But Jamie Reuben is a Chelsea fan and would relish the chance to take ownership.

Jamie Reuben, centre, comes from a family worth at least £12billion

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Jamie Reuben, centre, comes from a family worth at least £12billionPhoto credit: Getty

But there would be a number of complications due to the interest and scrutiny of his mega-wealthy family at St James’ Park.

Reuben Jr. is friends with Boris Johnson, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Jamie Redknapp owns a swanky £65million yacht, just like you.

BERNARD ANTWI BOASIAKO, 45, £100m

Bernard Antwi Boasiako probably launched the most ambitious of the offers To buy Chelsea – but hopes he can somehow strike gold.

The gold mine owner, radio station boss and politician is a big deal in Ghana.

But with a reported fortune of just £100million, that probably won’t be enough to buy the world champions.

Especially if he goes ahead with plans to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Vinicius Jr.

Bernard Antwi Boasiako has ambitious hopes of buying Chelsea and the world superstar

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Bernard Antwi Boasiako has ambitious hopes of buying Chelsea and the world superstarPhoto credit: YouTube: Wontumi FM

THE OTHERS

Woody Johnson, owner of the NFL team New York Jets and sidekick of Donald Trumpwas tapped as another potential buyer, as was a private Saudi media group.

billionaire josh harrisa minority shareholder of Crystal Palace, has also been linked with the purchase of one of the hottest teams in world football.

Moneyball genius Billy Beane is part of a company keeping an eye on an offer.

The 59-year-old American made his name as a baseball player before turning to business, where he pursued his famous “moneyball” approach as general manager of Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics.

Javed Afridi is CEO of consumer electronics giant Haier Pakistan and also owns an automobile company.

The 36-year-old businessman already owns two cricket franchises – Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League and Benoni Zalmi in the South African T20 Global League.

Michael RubinOwner of sporting goods group Fanatics, is said to have been interested in an offer for the club.

His company Fanatics itself is said to be worth over £20billion – more than enough to meet Abramovich’s £3billion demands.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man in 2018, made his billions as a chemical engineer turned financier and industrialist.

Despite being a Manchester United fan, the Ineos boss holds a season ticket at Chelsea.

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