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NFL Team Owner Interested In Buying Chelsea

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NFL Team Owner Interested In Buying Chelsea

Chelsea's search for a new owner could soon be over, with one NFL team owner considering becoming the latest American Football team owner to move into English football.

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Manchester United fans were no doubt cocahoop about Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl in 2020, with the Glazers at the helm.

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Likewise Arsenal fans will have been just as happy to see Stan Kroenke lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy a year later with the LA Rams.

And Fulham fans, well they don't get to celebrate the Jacksonville Jaguars success anywhere near as often as they get to celebrate their biannual promotion to the Premier League...

Chelsea fans could soon become the latest English team who are linked to an American Football team, with one owner eyeing a move for the Blues.

According to ESPN, New York Jets owner Robert "Woody" Johnson is 'readying' a bid for the Premier League team, and he is very knowledgeable about the club, having previously lived in London.

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Johnson could become the latest NFL team owner in English football. Image: PA Images
Johnson could become the latest NFL team owner in English football. Image: PA Images

Abramovich is looking to sell the club in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, having initially just handed over the 'stewardship' over to the trustees.

However he then changed his mind and officially put the club up for sale, with an official statement, although he's not said to be in a rush.

As well as not selling to anyone from a 'politically controversial' country, the 55-year-old also wants to make sure that whoever comes in next is willing to invest in the playing side of things, and a new stadium.

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The billionaire is also reportedly after around £3 billion, which is said to include the £1.5 billion that is owed to him from the club, with Johnson's net worth said to be around $3.5 billion.

What Arsenal would do to see Kroenke with a title at the end of their season. Image: PA Images
What Arsenal would do to see Kroenke with a title at the end of their season. Image: PA Images

Last year the NFL announced UK home marketing access for six teams, with the Jets one of those six, meaning more access commercially for the teams in the UK.

That makes a crossover between the Jets and Chelsea an attractive prospect for the NFL side's owner, with the Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers, whose owner has a part ownership of Leeds United, also amongst the six.

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If Johnson did buy the club from Abramovich then they would be the 10th current Premier League side with at least part ownership from the US.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: NFL, Chelsea, American Football, Roman Abramovich, Premier League

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