Chelsea: Conor McGregor wants to 'explore' buying Premier League club from Abramovich

  • Tom Ward
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UFC star Conor McGregor is apparently interested in buying Chelsea FC from Roman Abramovich.

The Russian billionaire owner has confirmed reports that he is trying to sell the Champions League winners for in excess of £3 billion, according to a statement made to the club’s official website.

It seems the oligarch wants to cash in on his Blues chips as quickly as possible amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as he faces the threat of sanctions from Boris Johnson’s British government.

And now McGregor, 33, has thrown his name in the ring to buy the five-time Premier League champions.

He wrote on Twitter: “I wish to explore this Chelsea FC.”

McGregor, a lifelong Manchester United fan, used to play for local clubs Lourdes Celtic and Crumlin United during his childhood.

His cousin Keith Buckley is also a professional football player, having previously played for Belvedere and Bohemians.

Sep 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; MMA fighter Conor McGregor tosses the ball after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

But he’s not the only one who is interested in buying the west London club.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has claimed he has personally been approached by Abramovich in an attempt to broker a deal between two of the richest men in the world.

“Abramovich is one of Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers and friends,” Wyss said, in quotes reported by Swiss newspaper Blick.

“Like all other oligarchs, he is also in a panic.

“Abramovich is trying to sell all his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly.

Sep 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; MMA fighter Conor McGregor pumps his fist as he walks on the field before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

“I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.”

However, Wyss insists Abramovich will have to lower his asking price, as the Blues owe still-unpaid debts of £2 billion to the Russian.

He added: “I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much. You know, Chelsea owe him £2 billion.

“But Chelsea has no money. What it means is that anyone who buys Chelsea should have to compensate Abramovich.

“As of today, we don’t know the exact selling price.

“I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners. But I have to examine the general conditions first.

“What I can already say is this: I’m definitely not doing something like this alone. If I buy Chelsea, then it would be with a consortium consisting of six to seven investors.”

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