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Conor's cash bid UFC star McGregor puts in £1.5 billion offer to buy Chelsea FC

The Dubliner earlier this week expressed interest in buying the club that surprised many of his friends as he is actually a Manchester United supporter

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Conor McGregor enjoys a pint in the Black Forge

Conor McGregor enjoys a pint in the Black Forge

Conor McGregor enjoys a pint in the Black Forge

Conor McGregor has tonight made an astonishing offer to buy Chelsea FC for £1.5 billion.

With a fortune estimated at around €150 million, the UFC star is putting feelers out to lead a consortium to buy the London club.

Its Russian owner Roman Abramovich this week put the club up for sale in the wake of the UK government’s planned clampdown of oligarchs siphoning their money through Britain.

Abramovich has put a figure of £3 billion on the club and claims he will use profits from the planned sale to go towards caring for victims of the war in the Ukraine.

The billionaire though has still not distanced himself from the Russian invasion nor condemned the actions of its tyrannical leader Vladimir Putin, who is a close pal.

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Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale after 19 years owning the Premier League club (Adam Davy/PA)

Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale after 19 years owning the Premier League club (Adam Davy/PA)

Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale after 19 years owning the Premier League club (Adam Davy/PA)

Tonight McGregor tweeted: “I hereby put forward my offer of £1.5bn.”

It was in response to a Sky News social media posting from two days ago which stated “Abramovich slaps £3bn price tag on Chelsea as Russian sets bid deadline".

McGregor earlier this week expressed interest in buying the club that surprised many of his friends as he is actually a Manchester United supporter.

He has also not stated his opinion on Vladimir Putin since the war began – the pair were spotted looking cosy together at the World Cup final in Moscow in 2018 and the Russian leader is a known admirer of the UFC star.

Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2014 and earlier this week issued the following statement about his ownership of the current European champions.

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“I would like to address the speculation in media over the past few days in relation to my ownership of Chelsea FC," he said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and MMA fighter Conor McGregor. Photo: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin and MMA fighter Conor McGregor. Photo: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin and MMA fighter Conor McGregor. Photo: Reuters

"As I have stated before, I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the Club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the Club, the fans, the employees, as well as the Club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the Club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process. I will not be asking for any loans to be repaid. This has never been about business nor money for me, but about pure passion for the game and Club.

"Moreover, I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine. This includes providing critical funds towards the urgent and immediate needs of victims, as well as supporting the long-term work of recovery.

“Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and it pains me to part with the Club in this manner. However, I do believe this is in the best interest of the Club.

“I hope that I will be able to visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say goodbye to all of you in person. It has been a privilege of a lifetime to be part of Chelsea FC and I am proud of all our joint achievements. Chelsea Football Club and its supporters will always be in my heart. Thank you, Roman."

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