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Premier League approves Chelsea sale to Todd Boehly-led consortium

Todd Boehly, (centre) in the Chelsea box during the Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge

Todd Boehly, (centre) in the Chelsea box during the Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge | Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Premier League has approved the proposed sale of Chelsea to a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly, although the British government still needs to sign off on the deal before it can be completed.

Todd Boehly has already agreed to buy the club for 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion)—the highest price ever for a sports team—with Roman Abramovich’s ownership tenure poised to end after 19 years.

The Premier League said in a statement Tuesday that its board “has today approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea Football Club by the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Consortium.”

Subject to government sanction

It added that the Todd Boehly consortium’s purchase “remains subject to the government issuing the required sale licence and the satisfactory completion of the final stages of the transaction.”

The deal has dragged out as the British government makes sure that Abramovich, who was sanctioned over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, does not profit from the enforced sale of the club.

Chelsea has been operating under a government license since Abramovich’s assets were frozen in March and it expires on May 31.

Todd Boehly was in attendance at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium for the team’s last few games of the 2021-22 season.


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