- Jim Ratcliffe offers Roman Abramovich £2B in exchange for Chelsea.
- Abramovich is currently unable to work in the United Kingdom.
- The Russian missed the FA Cup final due to issues with his U.K visa.
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Roman Abramovich has reportedly rejected an offer for the richest man in Britain to buy Chelsea football club.
Abramovich has owned Chelsea since 2003. It has been very much plain sailing for the Russian, with trophy after trophy justifying his expenditure and heightening his motivation to help us succeed.
However, things are not as straightforward as they used to be. Following issues with his U.K visa, Abramovich missed the FA Cup final and no longer has a right to work in the country in which Chelsea reside. He has been granted Israeli citizenship, but is only able to visit England for six-months at a time.
Jim Ratcliffe, head of petrochemicals heavyweights Ineos (who happens to be a Chelsea season ticket holder), has tried to take advantage of the precarious situation. According to the Daily Mail, Ratcliffe offered Abramovich £2B in exchange for Chelsea – an offer that he refused.
The rejection acts as Abramovich reaffirming his commitment to the cause, which is great to see. We wonder how much it would take to convince him to part with his prize possession…