Who are the bidders hoping to buy Chelsea?

Final offers were due for Chelsea on Thursday in one of the most public sports franchise sales in history.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the suitors.

Sir Martin Broughton

Sir Martin Broughton is among the bidders (Steve Parsons/PA)


The former Liverpool and British Airways chairman has compiled his own consortium bid, relying on Lord Sebastian Coe.

US businessmen Josh Harris and David Blitzer are expected to be included in the financing, which would force the duo to sell their stake in Crystal Palace.

Broughton, 74, joined British American Tobacco in 1971 and rose to prominence as chairman and chief executive in 1998. The longtime Chelsea supporter held a short Liverpool presidency in 2010, ushering in the sale from the Reds to the current owners of Fenway Sports. Group.

World Athletics chairman and head of the London 2012 Olympics, Coe’s government and ties to the facility bolster Broughton’s bid.

Todd Boehly

Los Angeles Dodgers owner looking to buy Chelsea
The Los Angeles Dodgers owner is looking to buy Chelsea (Ian West/PA)


The Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner and American business tycoon has highly respected and successful British businessman Jonathan Goldstein, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter as partners.

The impressive setup of the decorated Dodgers won plenty of plaudits in the long campaign around Chelsea’s bid.

Investment firm Clearlake Capital is expected to provide strong financial backing for Boehly’s bid. Boehly is the co-founder, president and CEO of Eldridge Industries.

The Ricketts Family

Laura and Tom Ricketts watch a Chelsea Women's Super League game
Laura and Tom Ricketts watch a Chelsea Women’s Super League game (PA)

Chicago Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts face a bid backed by major financial firepower from American multi-billionaires Ken Griffin and Dan Gilbert.

Citadel chief executive Griffin and Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures owner Gilbert, who also owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, have an estimated combined private net worth of over £50billion.

Chelsea supporters raised their concerns and even staged a small protest against the Ricketts’ candidacy over issues including historic tweets from family patriarch Joe Ricketts, who has no role in either the Cubs or the Chelsea’s bid.

However, Tom and Laura Ricketts have been adamant in their vision of an inclusive and diverse Chelsea. Laura Ricketts became the first openly gay sports franchise owner in the United States by taking charge of the Cubs and serving on the Barack Obama Foundation’s Inclusion Council.

Steve Pagliuca

Steve Pagliuca already owns the Boston Celtics
Steve Pagliuca already owns the Boston Celtics (Michael Dwyer/AP)


The Boston Celtics co-owner boasts NBA President Larry Tanenbaum as a co-manager in his consortium bid for the Blues.

Pagliuca is co-chairman of Bain Capital and owns a stake in Italian Serie A club Atalanta. That stake would need a cut if his bid for the Blues proves successful.

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and businesswoman Elaine Saverin are also involved in the bid.

Peter Guber, who has stakes in the Golden State Warriors, LA Dodgers and Los Angeles FC, also joined the consortium. Other partners include B Capital founder Raj Ganguly, venture capitalist Jim Breyer, investor John Burbank and tech entrepreneur Div Turakhia.