Pakistani businessman Javed Afridi is about to buy English football club Chelsea. The club is worth $4 billion and has been put up for sale by its owner, Roman Abramovich.
According to the Spanish press, Javed Afridi is apparently in the running to buy the football club after the owner confirmed the club was for sale. Besides Javed Afridi, renowned Saudi businessman Al Walid Al Talal is also in the running to buy the club.
Roman Abramovich has decided to put the club where Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech plays for sale after pressure mounted following the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Meanwhile, Javed Afridi already owns the Pakistan Super League franchise, Peshawar Zalmi. He also has stakes in MG Motors and Haier Pakistan.
Sources close to Javed Afridi claim that the encounter has already taken place between Afridi’s side and the Chelsea club.
“The Afridi team held a meeting this afternoon (Wednesday) with a sports and legal agency in the UK. There are a bunch of investors interested in Chelsea Football Club”said the source close to the businessman.
“They think it’s the right time and the opportunity to invest in football. And someone from Asia should come and invest. They are in negotiations with them at the moment,” adds the same source.
Russian Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. He transformed the English outfit into one of football’s most successful clubs, with Chelsea winning five Premier League titles and FA Cup trophies. Chelsea have also won the Champions League twice.
Meanwhile, Pakistanis commented strongly on the news. Some have expressed their excitement while others are doubtful that Javed Afridi will be able to complete the Chelsea deal due to fierce competition from other business tycoons.