Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly turned down an offer from a mega-rich Middle East consortium to buy the Premier League club.
Abramovich, 52, did not attend any matches at Stamford Bridge during the 2018/19 campaign and has yet to be seen so far this season, due to the denial of a visa extension by the UK government, following increasing tensions with his native Russia.
However Abramovich, who took control of the Blues 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 shrugged off a deal from would-be buyers with the Middle East consortium’s bid rejected towards the end of last season.
He is also said to have turned down Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s £2billion offer for the club last summer, amid speculation the Russian was ready to sell to Britain’s richest man.
Last week, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson spoke about the role he played in helping Abramovich choose Chelsea.
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.
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“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.’”