The outgoing Chelsea owner has reportedly started negotiations over a Turkish football club
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has started formal negotiations in Ankara to buy Turkish Super League side Goztepe, according to a report following the British government’s decision to sanction the Russian businessman over his links suspected with Vladimir Putin.
Billionaire Abramovich cannot complete his sale of the Premier League club under restrictions aimed at preventing the 55-year-old from profiting from the businessman.
With an array of bidders vying to buy Champions League holders under special government waiver for a deal, Abramovich traveled to Turkey for talks with Mehmet Sepil, Goztepe’s incumbent president, on Tuesday, according to CNN. Turk.
The former head of energy company Sepil reportedly bought the club, based in the Aegean coast city of Izmir, for $7.5million in 2014.
Goztepe returned to the Turkish Super Lig top flight for the first time in 14 years in 2017 but are currently in the relegation zone.
Abramovich’s assets have been frozen in the UK and the EU, where he has also been blacklisted under sanctions imposed since the attack on Ukraine began on February 24.
A deal with Sepil, whom Abramovich reportedly made contact with through a Turkish businessman, could appeal because Turkey is not part of the EU.
The outlet said Abramovich would meet with Sepil’s representatives in person in a few days.
Sepil is the club’s majority shareholder and has said he will fulfill his obligations to the team until the end of the season in May.
Announcing her resignation on Monday, the 67-year-old called her a “great honor” lead Goztepe.
“My only priority and sensitivity in forming a new management that will take over the responsibilities of Goztepe Sports Club is to take our club to a better place than it is now, with new enthusiasm,” he added.
Chelsea have won every major club trophy since Abramovich transformed the Blues taking over in 2003.
An asking price of around $4.6 million was mooted when Abramovich announced on March 10 that he would sell the club.
Reports have claimed that Chelsea will cost a record amount for a sports team or franchise, although the final figure is expected to be closer to $4 billion.
While Salary Sport claim that Chelsea’s players’ combined annual wage bill is around $235m, the site puts Goztepe’s total wage expenditure at a relatively modest $10.7m – which would mean that all of their players combined earn less than Saul Niguez, who Chelsea signed on loan. from Atletico Madrid in August.
Rookie Trevoh Chalobah is the only Chelsea player over 18 who allegedly receives less than Adis Jahovic, the North Macedonia veteran named as Goztepe’s top earner.