Turkish billionaire Muhsin Bayrak has joined the race to buy Chelsea, his company AB Group Holding has confirmed.
Roman Abramovich put the World and European champions up for sale on Wednesday night, in a move that will bring an end to his glittering 19-year ownership of the Stamford Bridge club.
Chelsea are understood to have already received several serious significant offers, with the team handling the sale still expecting more bids to be submitted.
And now construction, energy and technology magnate Bayrak has revealed he is among those to have lodged a bid for the Blues.
“We can definitely confirm our bid for Chelsea,” AB Group Holding general manager Seda Bayrak told the PA news agency.
“We have forwarded our offer regarding this.”
Merchant bank the Raine Group is handling the bid process for Abramovich, who has led Chelsea to 21 trophies in his near 20-year stint with the west London club.
Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine has forced Abramovich’s decision to sell the club, with the 55-year-old considering owning Chelsea the “privilege of my lifetime”.
American billionaire Todd Boehly fronts the most high-profile bid for the Blues so far, with the LA Dodgers part-owner having teamed up with Swiss magnate Hansjorg Wyss.
Turkish businessman Bayrak runs one of his country’s most successful enterprises however, and remains determined to push forward with a purchase of the Blues.
“We will fly the Turkish flag in London soon,” said Muhsin Bayrak.
“We are negotiating the terms of the purchase of Chelsea with Roman Abramovich’s lawyers.
“We are in the negotiation phase for the signatures.”
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has pledged his future to Chelsea.
The German who has led Chelsea to the Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup titles since joining the Blues in January 2021, insists Stamford Bridge remains the “perfect fit” for him.
Asked if the impending sale would alter his position, Tuchel replied: “No, I have the opposite of a problem staying here.
“I’ve said many times that I love working in the Premier League, I love being in England, I feel the tradition and the love for sports in general and for football in particular.
“This is an amazing place to be. Chelsea is – for my point of view – for me, the perfect fit. I love to be here, I love everything about the club and hopefully it continues.
“There is now an uncertainty, but isn’t it always as a football manager? So I am used to it on, of course, different levels and this is quite the level I have to be honest. I am positive, and I hope things will end well.”