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Todd Boehly led consortium completes Chelsea Football Club takeover

Todd Boehly. | PHOTO: Getty Images |
  • The Chelsea takeover has been completed and the club is now in new owners, the Todd Boehly led consortium
  • The takeover was completed on Monday afternoon with the club making the much-anticipated announcement
  • The completion of the takeover means the sanctions imposed on the football club by the UK government have now been lifted

A consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital completed the takeover of Chelsea Football Club on Monday.

The Premier League club announced on Saturday that the deal was officially set to go through at the start of this week and the announcement was imminent.

Chelsea has now confirmed that they are under new ownership almost three months after Roman Abramovich decided to sell up the London-based club.

An ownership group led by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjorg Wyss brokered a deal to buy the Blues for £4.25billion this month.

Todd Boehly

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was at the Stamford Bridge earlier this month. Boehly leads the consortium that has purchased Chelsea Football Club. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

The Portuguese government last week approved the sale of the London club, a green light that was required as Abramovich has Portuguese citizenship.

A statement released by Chelsea – seen by SportsLeo on Monday said: “Under the terms of the agreement, Boehly and Clearlake will share joint control and equal governance of the club. Boehly will serve as chairman of the holding company.

“Boehly and Clearlake are committed to investing in key areas that will extend and enhance Chelsea’s competitiveness, including the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, further investment in the academy, the women’s team, and Kingsmeadow Stadium. The owners will also continue the important work of the Chelsea Foundation.”

Upon confirmation of the takeover, Boehly told the club’s website: “We are honoured to become the new custodians of Chelsea Football Club. We’re all in, 100 per cent. Every minute of every match.

“Our vision as owners is clear: we want to make the fans proud. Along with our commitment to developing the youth squad and acquiring the best talent, our plan of action is to invest in the club for the long term and build on Chelsea’s remarkable history of success. I personally want to thank ministers and officials in the British government, and the Premier League, for all their work in making this happen.”

The UK government declared it was satisfied the deal would not benefit Abramovich, who was sanctioned due to his links to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine.

Russian oligarch Abramovich owned Chelsea for 19 years.

The 55-year-old stated when he put the Blues up for sale that the net proceeds would go to a charitable foundation, with the money distributed to victims of the war in Ukraine.

Abramovich declared the charitable foundation being established would be the legacy he and Chelsea had created together.

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