PROSPECTIVE buyers for Chelsea have reportedly been granted additional time to put forward their final bids for the club.
The added delay means the sale will be prolonged by “a small number of days”, according to Sky News.
There are fears delays to the sale of Chelsea could result in the team being broken up this summerCredit: Getty
One of the four remaining bidders told Sky, while remaining anonymous, that they expect a final recommendation for the next owners to be put to government ministers by US bank The Raine Group in May.
They went on to claim the recommendation was originally expected to be proposed during the week beginning April 18.
And the delays could be bad news for Chelsea’s squad.
If the sale continues to rumble on there is uncertainty as to what that would mean for Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League holders.
And were that to continue into the summer there are fears it could spark a break-up of the current star filled squad.
The financial sanctions placed on Abramovich, combined with the flurry of offers for the club, means the process of selling has been delayed.
Reports from ESPN last month suggested as many as 300 parties had expressed their interest in buying the Blues.
Sky claim the four remaining bidders were informed on Thursday that the deadline for their final bids has been pushed back until late next week.
Premier League chiefs will then review the bids, before putting forward their recommendation to government ministers.
But the report adds that process is expected to take “several weeks”, and could yet be extended further at any time.
American billionaire Todd Boehly is among those on the final shortlist in with a shot at taking over the club, and was filmed arriving at Stamford Bridge for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
Other prospective buyers include the controversial Chicago Cubs owning Ricketts family, who Chelsea fans have protested against taking over from Abramovich.
Elsewhere a consortium led by former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton and backed by Seb Coe is also in the running, as is Steve Pagliuca, owner of American NBA team the Boston Celtics.
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