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Chelsea are close to getting approval from the UK government for sale of the club to Todd Boehly. However, in a surprise turn of events, the deal now also needs to get approval from the Portuguese government and the European Union (EU) after Roman Abramovich became a Portuguese citizen.
As per The Telegraph, the billionaire oligarch officially became an EU citizen three years after withdrawing his application for a UK visa amid diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow. The surprise development was previously confirmed by his spokesperson.
Additionally, as per Portuguese newspaper Publico, Abramovich’s successful application used a Portuguese law offering naturalisation to descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from the Iberian peninsula during the Inquisition 400 years ago.
The takeover comes after almost four months since Abramovich put the Blues up for sale in the wake of sanctions placed upon him by the government after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The ownership group includes Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjorg Wyss.
Although the club will eagerly be waiting Portugal and the EU’s approval, positively, Chelsea look set to finally overcome the barrier set by the UK government. The sale is…