Roman Abramovich makes £500m demand to Chelsea’s final three bidders

Roman Abramovich is looking for additional money to be given to charitable causes

Roman Abramovich is looking for additional money to be given to charitable causes (Getty)

Chelsea’s final three bidders have been asked to increase their offers by £500 million following a request from Roman Abramovich.

The final bidders who remain in the running to buy Chelsea from Abramovich are a consortium led by Sir Martin Broughton, the former Liverpool chairman, and another group spearheaded by LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly.

A third consortium is being fronted by Steve Pagliuca, who co-owns the Boston Celtics, and Toronto Maple Leafs backer Larry Tanenbaum.

New York bank, the Raine Group, is overseeing the sale and is expected to announce the preferred bidder this week.

But according to Sky News, the three consortiums have been asked to stump up an additional £500m following a request from Abramovich, who wants the money to go to charity.

A source close to Abramovich has claimed that £1 billion has been earmarked to be given to charitable causes once the sale of Chelsea goes through.

Roman Abramovich wants a total of £2.5bn to be donated to charitable causes

Roman Abramovich wants a total of £2.5bn to be donated to charitable causes (Getty)

Sky News report that the three consortiums have indicated that they are willing to agree to Abramovich’s new demand.

After Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government last month, the Russian Oligarch will not receive any money from Chelsea’s sale.

Abramovich is aiming for a total of £2.5bn to be donated to charity, while an additional £1.5bn is invested in Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that he is keen for the club’s new owners to be put in place as quickly as possible in order to plan for next season.

Tuchel has already admitted that the club’s restrictions due to Abramovich’s sanction played a role in their inability to keep Antonio Rudiger, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Chelsea also face the prospect of losing Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta, whose contracts also run out at the end of the season.

‘As you know, I was so happy with the structure that the club provides and the mentality Chelsea provides,’ Tuchel said on Wednesday.

‘That was, for me, always the foundation to strongly believe and genuinely believe ‘OK, we will push and keep on pushing’.

‘With this now being questioned it’s getting more demanding, not difficult because I don’t know what’s coming so let’s see.

‘But the key thing for me is that we keep the mentality in the building at least and in the club, the competitive mentality that was installed over more than a decade. It’s a bit concerning and, hopefully, we can find our way through it.’

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