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Suitors line up to buy Chelsea

With uncertainty continuing to surround Roman Abramovich and his future as owner of Chelsea, potential buyers for the club continue to emerge.

First in the frame was Sir Jim Radcliffe, Britain’s richest man, chairman and chief executive of the Ineos Chemicals Group.

Now, the latest figure to be linked, according to The Daily Mirror, is Paul Allen, an American business magnate, who owns the basketball team The Portland Trailblazers, as well as MLS side and NFL team The Seattle Seahawks.

They report that Allen has met with Pini Zahavi, a friend of Abramovich, who has been tasked to explore the possibility of selling the club, in New York recently.

Abramovich has owned Chelsea for 15 years and, despite the club denying it is for sale, he is believed to be keen to cash out his investment, as he finds he is less welcome in the UK than he once was, after being denied a UK visa earlier this year. And, earlier this week, he was denied Swiss citizenship after being identified by local police as “ a threat to public security”.

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