UFC star Conor McGregor has tweeted that he “wants to explore” buying Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.
The Blues owner has confirmed his decision to sell the club to shield it from the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, signaling the end of a trophy-laden spell at Stamford Bridge.
Questions have been asked about the Russian-Israeli billionaire in parliament as the British government continues to target Russian money with sanctions, although Abramovich denies links to Vladimir Putin and has not yet been punished.
McGregor has previously expressed interest in buying Manchester United, who he backs, although the sincerity of these latest suggestions remains unclear.
The 33-year-old Irishman is believed to be worth several hundred million, making him one of the richest athletes on the planet, but Abramovich is said to want £3billion for the Premier League.
In a post on Twitter, McGregor shared a screenshot of the WhatsApp messages which read: “Chelsea to sell £3bn.
“Let’s buy it.”
The caption of the tweet read: “I wish to explore this. @Chelsea FC.”
He then followed it up with a funny video imagining him as the owner of the club at a press conference and then chatting to staff at the training ground.
Abramovich revealed that he was in the process of creating a foundation whose entire net proceeds from the sale would be donated to the victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The 55-year-old, owner of the west London club since 2003, also revealed he will not seek any loans owed to him, which would bestands at £1.5 billionto be paid.
Abramovich said in a statement: “As I have said before, I have always taken decisions in the best interest of the club. In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, because I believe that it is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the sponsors and partners of the club.
“The sale of the club will not be expedited but will follow due process. I will not ask for any loan repayment. It was never about business or money for me, but pure passion for the game and the club.
“Additionally, I have instructed my team to establish a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will benefit all victims of war in Ukraine. This includes providing essential funds for the urgent and immediate needs of victims, as well as support for long-term recovery work.
“Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and it hurts me to part ways with the club in this way. However, I believe it is in the interest of the club.
“I hope I can visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say goodbye to you in person. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to be part of Chelsea FC and I am proud of all our joint achievements. Chelsea Football Club and its supporters will always be in my heart.”