Chelsea fans think the club's takeover is done after sponsor Trivago posted a tweet welcoming Todd Boehly to the 'Chelsea family.'
The Blues have agreed terms on a deal with a consortium fronted by US billionaire Boehly, co-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team. But doubts were raised about a sale on Monday evening following reports the £4.25billion purchase could be at risk of "falling apart" because of a conflict about where some of the proceeds will go.
That news put some Blues fans on tenterhooks about the future of the west Londoners. But they were smiling again on Tuesday as club sponsor Trivago welcomed Boehly to Stamford Bridge.
To the surprise of many, the club's official training wear partner tweeted: "Welcome to the @ChelseaFC family, Todd Boehly! #LetsGo." However, the travel firm appear to have jumped the gun, with no confirmation from the club or the UK government that Boehly's bid has officially gone through.
But that didn't stop Chelsea fans speculating that the takeover had in fact been approved. One excited Twitter user asked: "Take over completed?"
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Someone else said: "Official?? Are you telling me something I don't know." A third person added: "Reporters saying the takeover might not happen just for Trivargo to announce him the next day."
"Sponsor gone early with the announcements (hopefully)", optimistically wrote another. While a fifth account chimed in with: "Looks like the training shirt sponsor has leaked the newsWelcome, Todd!"
Trivago's tweet surprised many following that news on Monday that Roman Abramovich is reportedly refusing to accept conditions imposed by the UK Government.
According to the Times, the Russian oligarch is refusing to accept a sale structure proposed by the government. The government want all proceeds from the sale to go into a holding account before it is satisfied the funds can be awarded to a foundation helping victims of the war in Ukraine.
However, Abramovich and Chelsea are said to be insisting that the £1.6billion debt owed from Chelsea’s parent company Fordstam to Camberley International Investments is repaid first and frozen before going to the foundation. This is reportedly seen as a red line by the government.
Despite that seemingly quite large hitch, a source close to the Boehly consortium appeared confident that a sale would go through. The source told the BBC: "The consortium is committed to buying Chelsea and contributing to the success of English football.
"They are delighted that their plans have been accepted by the club, and welcome the constructive conversations they've had with the government and football authorities. The proceeds of the sale are a matter for the seller and the government to resolve."
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