Chelsea bidders who shortlisted Raine to buy the club are to be confirmed, with the consortium of Todd Boehly and the Ricketts family to be named in the final group

  • Raine Group is an American investment bank overseeing the sale of Chelsea
  • They set a deadline of 9pm (UK) last Friday for the submission of final offers
  • An announcement on who made the shortlist from three to four parties is expected

Raine, the merchant bank advising Chelsea on their extended sale, is finally preparing to confirm which offers have been accepted.

After the deadline for submissions passed on Friday evening, bidders are eagerly awaiting to know if they are among a maximum of four to make it to the final stages of the process.

The Todd Boehly Consortium is expected to be on the shortlist, while the fact that members of the Ricketts family have pledged to travel to England to meet supporters indicates they are confident of making the final cut.

Raine finally prepares to confirm which offers for Chelsea have been shortlisted

The consortium led by Sir Martin Broughton and Lord Coe, which is expected to be largely funded by current Crystal Palace shareholders Josh Harris and David Blitzer, is considered among the favorites to be shortlisted.

The group led by Nick Candy remains hopeful of qualifying for the last three or four; while Centricus, a consortium led by Chelsea season ticket holders, and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson are also hoping to make the shortlist.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Ricketts family decided to defuse growing tensions over their bid to buy Chelsea by insisting they are not racist.

An announcement on who had shortlisted three to four parties is expected

An announcement on who had shortlisted three to four parties is expected

Family patriarch Joe Ricketts has been forced to apologize for describing Muslims as an “enemy” in leaked emails.

But a statement from the Ricketts family read: “Our family rejects all forms of hate in the strongest possible terms. Racism and Islamophobia have no place in our society. We have developed deep and lasting partnerships with the Muslim community of Chicago, as well as with all communities of color.

“Respect for diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our family values. If we are successful in our bid for Chelsea, we are committing to the Club and supporters to actively promote these values.