Chelsea FC takeover: Ricketts family bolster bid as Rock Entertainment Group agrees major investment

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he Ricketts family have revealed their eight-point vision for Chelsea’s future after fans called on them to go public with their promises.

The Chicago Cubs owners had previously laid out their plans in meetings with fan groups, but still faced backlash on social media.

On Saturday, around 100 fans gathered in a modest protest against their offer to buy Roman Abramovich, while plans to erect a ‘NoToRicketts’ banner inside Stamford Bridge were scrapped at the last minute.

The American family remains more determined than ever to take over and has strengthened its offer with the addition of the owners of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team to its consortium.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is one of the richest men in America

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Rock Entertainment Group – led by Dan Gilbert, which is worth around £23billion – is a significant investor in the offering.

The family have expressed their determination to redevelop Stamford Bridge and continue to provide the funds that will keep Chelsea at the top of European football.

They have also vowed never to take part in any attempt to resuscitate a European Super League, as well as maintain a diverse and inclusive club, offering prominent roles to Supporters’ Trust and Chelsea Pitch Owners PLC.

The Ricketts are on a shortlist of four bidders, who must submit final offers for the club by April 11.

Around 100 Chelsea fans demonstrated against the Ricketts family’s takeover bid on Saturday

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Sir Martin Broughton, Todd Boehly and Stephen Pagliuca are also in the running to take charge, with a preferred bidder to be presented to the Treasury around April 18.

Despite fan unrest over historic racist emails sent by Ricketts family patriarch Joe, who is not involved in the bid, they are still seen as one of the strongest candidates.


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