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Sir Jim Ratcliffe could make a bid to buy Chelsea from current owner Roman Abramovich

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Chelsea's season took another turn for the worse on Sunday afternoon when they were beaten 2-0 by Everton.

The Blues have struggled at times and are now falling behind the top four in the Premier League with only eight games left to play. 

Maurizio Sarri's side are still sixth after losing their game in hand against Everton, meaning they blew a chance to go level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal. 

Chelsea's main priority this season is to get back into the Champions League and right now, it looks like their easiest route into the elite competition is via winning the Europa League. 

Qualifying for the UCL is important for a host of reasons - one of which is ensuring the club owner and hierarchy are happy. 

Roman Abramovich has been absent from London this year after being refused an extension on his visa - meaning he's been running Chelsea from Russia or delegating decisions to those around him.

He's been rarely seen at Stamford Bridge this year and other unconfirmed reports suggest that he's fallen out of love with the west London club and would be willing to sell in the near future. 

Failing to secure permission to build a new stadium, plus the transfer ban that the Blues face are two factors that have apparently contributed to his mood, per The Mirror.   

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That's not great news for Chelsea fans, especially after how much success Abramovich has brought since taking ownership of the club in 2003.  

And according to The Times, British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is now very interested in buying the club and 'may bid for Chelsea'.

The report suggests that the UK's wealthiest man is exploring whether to purchase the team, but 'has balked at an asking price of at least £2.5 billion'. 

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The Mirror adds that Ratcliffe is a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge and is keen to make Chelsea his next sporting adventure after agreeing on a deal to buy Team Sky.

A deal between the two tycoons is far from complete - but should Chelsea change hands, it would send shockwaves through the football world. 

Do you think it's time for Roman Abramovich to sell Chelsea? Or should he stay in charge? Have your say in the comments below.  

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