According to the latest media report, Pakistani businessman Javed Afridi is preparing to buy English Football Club, Chelsea. The club is worth $4 billion by the owner, Roman Abramovich. Chelsea is one of the biggest international football clubs
He is apparently in the race to buy the football club after the owner confirms the club is up for sale. Apart from Javed Afridi, renowned Saudi businessman, Al Walid Al Talal, is also in the race to buy the club.
Spanish sports outlet, Soy Madridista, has first reported the news on Wednesday. Roman Abramovich has decided to put the club on sale after pressure mounted on him following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Meanwhile, Javed Afridi is already the owner of the Pakistan Super League franchise, Peshawar Zalmi. He also has stakes in MG Motors and Haier Pakistan.
As per UAE-based media outlet, the sources close to Javed Afridi claim that the meeting has already taken place between the team of Afridi and the Chelsea club.
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Investment from Asia
“Afridi’s team held a meeting this afternoon (Wednesday) with a sports and legal agency in the UK. There’s a bunch of investors who are interested in Chelsea Football Club,” the source said.
“They believe it’s the right time and opportunity to invest in football. And someone from Asia should come and invest. They are in negotiation with them right now.”
Russia’s Roman Abramovich had bought the club in 2003. He turned the club into one of the most successful football clubs with Chelsea winning five Premier League titles and FA Cup Trophies. Chelsea has also won the Champions League twice.
Meanwhile, people in Pakistan have posted hilarious comments on social media. Some have voiced their excitement while others doubt if Javed Afridi would be able to seal the deal with Chelsea due to tough competition from other business tycoons.