In an interview given to Blickthe Bernese billionaire Hansjörg Wyss opens the door to a takeover of the London club to Roman Abramovich.
Is the last winner of the Champions League about to switch to the Swiss flag? Chelsea lives in any case in the dark since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Around Roman Abramovich, the noose is tightening and the Russian owner withdrew from the management of the club last Saturday. The possibility of a sale is therefore very real. And a Bernese, Hansjörg Wyss, could be very interested.
In an interview given to Blick this Wednesday, this billionaire living in the United States expressed his interest in the London club. « Like all the other oligarchs, Abramovich is panicked, » Wyss said. He is currently trying to sell all his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly. Along with three other people, I received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.
A fortune estimated at 5.1 billion dollars
Relaunched on an intention of redemption, the one whose fortune is estimated at 5.1 billion dollars procrastinates: “There, I have to wait four or five days. Abramovich is asking too much right now. You know, Chelsea owes him two billion pounds. But Chelsea have no money. This means that those who buy Chelsea must compensate Abramovich.
Not without formally opposing it: “To date, we do not know the exact price, he adds. I can very well imagine myself joining Chelsea with partners. But first I have to carefully consider the conditions. But I can already tell you: I certainly won’t do such a thing alone. If I buy Chelsea, it will be with a consortium made up of six to seven investors.
Hansjörg Wyss is 86 years old. He made his fortune by creating the American branch of the Synthes company, active in medical techniques such as the production of bone prostheses, implants and surgical instruments. In recent years, he has been a major donor to environmental causes and to the US Democratic Party.
If he were to acquire Chelsea, Hansjörg Wyss would not be the first Swiss to own a Premier League club. Between 2009 and 2017, the Liebherr family owned the Southampton club. Bought by father Markus when the club was playing in the third division, it was then taken over by daughter Katharina on the death of her father in 2010. The Saints then climbed the ladder of English football, to reach the prestigious Premier League in 2012.
La Fribourgeoise, after having helped put the club in the south of England back on the right sporting and financial path, will finally sell its shares to Chinese investors in the summer of 2017. A transaction then estimated at more than 250 million francs.