The Russian billionaire has been accused of holding up the takeover of the London football giants
Roman Abramovich has owned the Blues since 2003. © AMA / Corbis via Getty Images
The UK government is “alarmed” at aspects of the sale of Premier League giants Chelsea which could hinder the transfer of the club from Russian owner Roman Abramovich to a consortium led by US financier Todd Boehly, according to reports.
Terms for the total £4.25 billion ($5.2 billion) deal for the club were reportedly agreed earlier this month, with Boehly being pictured visiting Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge home for a recent league match as well as paying a visit to the club’s training ground.
But a deal to end the near-two-decade tenure of Abramovich as owner of the Blues has now hit a roadblock over the exact structure of the agreement, according to The Times.
Government officials must green-light the procedure to ensure Abramovich does not benefit in any way from the sale after he was placed under sanctions for his alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.