Chelsea takeover delayed ‘due to Stamford Bridge concerns’

Chelsea have reportedly taken a hit in their efforts to complete the takeover as soon as possible.

At the moment, three consortia – led by Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton and Stephen Pagliuca – are the final bidders in the race to take ownership of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

American commercial bank Raine Group appeared to be about to decide on a preferred candidate, but according to the Mail on Sunday, a final decision could be delayed.

The report claims that the trio of bidders have concerns about Stamford Bridge’s finances, a source telling the channel that “without moving the stadium, the sums don’t work out”.

Furthermore, it is alleged that each bidder may try to lower the asking price, which is currently believed to be set at £2.5 billion, and the complication in negotiations could lead to a delay.

As a result of government-imposed restrictions, Chelsea cannot buy, sell or renegotiate player contracts until an acquisition is finalized.