one of the richest Swiss men, said on Wednesday that he had been given a chance
to buy Chelsea, under the further control of English Premier League Owner Roman
Abramovich. Eighty-six-year-old Wyss, the founder of Synthes, a medical device
company, told the Swiss newspaper Blick that he and three other people had been
pronounced dead on Tuesday.
announced on Saturday that he plans to place his ownership of European
champions under the "stewardship and care" of Chelsea Foundation administrators.
not mentioned in the growing list of British sanctions targeting Russian banks,
corporations and pro-Kremlin magnates.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to explain why Abramovich was not
appointed because of his acquaintance with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
is among Putin's closest advisers and friends," Wyss told Blick.
the other oligarchs, he is panicked. Abramovich is currently trying to sell all
his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly. Along with
three other people, I received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from
"I have to
wait four or five days. Abramovich is asking too much right now. Chelsea owes
him £2 billion. But Chelsea has no money. This means that those who buy Chelsea
must compensate Abramovich.
"We do not
yet know the exact sale price. I can very well imagine myself joining Chelsea
with partners. First, I have to look carefully at the conditions. But what I
can already tell you: I certainly wouldn't do such a thing alone. If I buy
Chelsea, it will be with a consortium of six to seven investors."
London, Chelsea declined to comment, while Abramovich's spokesman did not
asked in Warsaw on Tuesday why Abramovich was not personally mandated by the
British government, as demanded by several British lawmakers.