Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has reportedly turned down an offer from an unnamed mega-rich Middle East consortium to buy the Premier League club.
Abramovich did not attended any match at Stamford Bridge during the 2018/19 campaign, and has not been seen so far this season, due to the denial of a visa extension by the United Kingdom government, following increasing tensions with his home country, Russia.
However, the 52-year-old, who bought the London club in 2003, was in Azerbaijan to witness his club beat Arsenal 4-1 to lift the Europa League in May.
According to The Telegraph, the billionaire has turned down a deal to sell the Europa League winners.
He is also said to have turned down Sir Jim Radcliffe’s £2 billion for the club last season, amid speculation that he was ready to sell to Britain’s richest man.
Sven-Goran Erksson, former England manager, last week, spoke about the role he played in helping Abramovich choose Chelsea when he wanted to buy a club.
He said: “He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days, Pini [Zahavi], him and me. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.
“I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman had changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London. Tottenham or Chelsea?
“I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win. I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. There you have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.”