The bids for Chelsea were all in by 9pm on Friday, but there were certainly more submitted than we already know about, and even now we’re hearing for the first time about some offers.
ESPN have reported today that Centricus, a “global investment firm” based in London have confirmed their bid for the club only this morning.
Both of the firm’s co-founders are season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, and they have joined with a couple of other big finance guys who frequent Chelsea games to add even further financial muscle to the bid.
Their statement says all the right things – of course it does – and they promise basically to keep everything running as it is, from “strategy direction” to “sporting excellence.”
It’s a very corporate bid overall, but given the money behind them it sounds like a serious one too. The real question is why they would announce it now, rather than before the deadline as most of the other big players seem to have done.