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A group of up to eight international investors has admitted it is preparing a takeover bid offer for Chelsea.

Holger Heims, a German investment manager at Falcon Equity, said in an interview that he and a group of six to seven other investors from Europe, the Middle East and Asia were preparing a bid for Roman Abramovich's club, which is home to the captain of the German national team, Michael Ballack.

Sulaiman al-Fahim, a board member of Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, which last year bought Manchester City, was also part of the group, Heims said.

There has been speculation that Abramovich, the man who has bankrolled Chelsea's most successful period since their formation in 1905, may have fallen out of love with the boys in blue - although the Russian billionaire has denied that being the case.

Heims declined to say how much the group was prepared to pay for Chelsea but said the investment had to add up in the medium to long run.

Heims said there had not been any talks with Abramovich yet: "We have no intention of launching a hostile takeover. This is only possible as a friendly deal."

Heims aims to push the Chelsea brand further and sees strong growth potential in Asia and the Arab world, he said.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/ja...german-investor

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There is no way that this will happen. Roman will still own our club for a very long while. OK the structure of the club has changed a lot lately with money not being pumped in all the time, but lets face it, we all knew this was going to happen from day 1. The initial input was to get Chelsea on a level with all the other major clubs - we have done that and now we are working in a different way.

The problem we have is that we have a lot of big name players on big money comming into their 30's or already in their 30's which makes our situation look a little unstable. But i think we will see this summer a lot of that addressed one way or another.

Bottom line is Roman is staying, and i think we would all prefer that.

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I hope so. This arabs background, and German the investors is real estate, and that is their main interest. The main reason they're interested is the potential doubling in value of Stamford Bridge as luxury flats in 10-15 years time.

It would mean a souless 'emirates' stadium somewhere, ha ha -not even sold out tomorrow and even more Kenyonesque agressive far east marketing. Better the devil you know with Abramovich methinks

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The main reason they're interested is the potential doubling in value of Stamford Bridge as luxury flats in 10-15 years time.

It would mean a souless 'emirates' stadium somewhere, ha ha -not even sold out tomorrow and even more Kenyonesque agressive far east marketing. Better the devil you know with Abramovich methinks

These Germans seem only interested in making money off the club. At least Roman has put a lot of money in the club already.

Lets face it, people are going to find it harder and harder to afford to go to football games, and also to justify spending that sort of money on it. More games will not sell out, for all teams. Football will soon catch up with the rest of the country and clubs will have to tighten up, which we already seem to be doing.

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These Germans seem only interested in making money off the club. At least Roman has put a lot of money in the club already.

Lets face it, people are going to find it harder and harder to afford to go to football games, and also to justify spending that sort of money on it. More games will not sell out, for all teams. Football will soon catch up with the rest of the country and clubs will have to tighten up, which we already seem to be doing.

Its a five week gap for most people between payday, most people got paid the week before Christmas which explains the boro ticket surplus. The club 'tightening up' by making the players pay for their own meals and reducing their freebie ticket allocation is just petty. It explains the immediate loss of morale and point dropping. Things like that and letting Bridge and carlo go are just fucking idiotic in my book. Even West ham said they wouldnt let Bellamy go to the Yids because they are rivals, and dont want to upset the fans

Yes, Abramovich has put money in -he wants it back interest free though. The consortium members made money slowly through property deals, Abramovich with other oligarchs put himself in the right place just as all Russias oil and gas was up for grabs at knockdown prices when communism collapsed, he didnt have to work for it. Instant £13 billion. So hes not that fussed about spunking £500 million away on a football club, painting or yacht.

One thing is for sure, I dont think there will ever be a spending spree again like there was when he took over. The new consortium would however make immediate money available if they buy the club.

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These Germans seem only interested in making money off the club. At least Roman has put a lot of money in the club already.

Lets face it, people are going to find it harder and harder to afford to go to football games, and also to justify spending that sort of money on it. More games will not sell out, for all teams. Football will soon catch up with the rest of the country and clubs will have to tighten up, which we already seem to be doing.

I think the spending has dropped too drastically 70 million to free transfers.

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