Chelsea icon John Terry responds to Conor McGregor takeover statement | Soccer | sport

Chelsea hero John Terry is apparently everything to Conor McGregor who buys the club from outgoing owner Roman Abramovich. The UFC legend has publicly revealed his interest in buying the Blues as Abramovich looks to sell amid widespread backlash from Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian tycoon has spearheaded an era of excellence at Stamford Bridge since taking over from Ken Bates in 2003.

But despite denying any affiliation with Vladimir Putin, he is now looking for £3billion to sell as the UK government continues to impose sanctions on Russian money.

Part of his statement read: “As I have said before, I have always made decisions in the best interests of the club.

“In the current situation, I have therefore made the decision to sell the club, as I believe it is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.”

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On Wednesday, McGregor took to Twitter to share a screenshot of a Whatsapp conversation, in which he wrote: “Chelsea for sale £3bn let’s buy it.”

He captioned his tweet, “I wish to explore this.”, and mentioned Chelsea’s official account to get the club’s attention.

And later that day, McGregor posted another tweet, this time featuring a video in which he appears to be Chelsea’s manager in a video game.

The 33-year-old mentioned Chelsea’s official account again and captioned the post, “Push it to the limit!”.

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On Friday morning, Chelsea legend Terry responded to McGregor with three emojis – eyes, a blue heart and a soccer ball.

The manner of the tweet seemed to suggest he was hoping for the Irishman to back up his words and buy Chelsea from Abramovich.

However, reports suggest that an American-Swiss consortium led by Todd Boehly and Hansjorg Wyss are already in negotiations with Abramovich, who want to sell the club quickly to avoid the risk of asset freezes.

The consortium is confident it can make progress on a deal this weekend, with a potential announcement coming as early as Monday.

So while McGregor taking over at Chelsea is something of a sporting fantasy for many, it has to be considered unlikely at this stage.

Abramovich has confirmed he will not be seeking repayment of an outstanding loan, believed to be £1.5billion.

The 55-year-old is also setting up a foundation whose entire net proceeds from sales are earmarked to help victims of his native country’s attack on Ukraine.

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