Add Woody Johnson to the listing of suitors hoping to buy Chelsea FC from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
Abramovich, believed to be an in depth confidant of Russian president Vladimir Putin, introduced final week that he deliberate to promote the Premier League membership. The information got here as Russian oligarchs face asset freezes and confiscations internationally following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, is “readying” a bid for the soccer franchise.
Johnson served because the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2017-21 for former President Donald Trump, the place he reportedly grew to become a fan of Chelsea.
Other NFL homeowners with possession stakes within the EPL embody Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who’s the owner of Arsenal FC, and the Glazer household, who personal the Buccaneers and Manchester United. Jaguars owner Shad Khan owns Fulham FC, which has beforehand been within the Premier League however is at present within the English Championship after relegation.
Recently, Sky News additionally linked Cubs owner Tom Ricketts as a possible bidder for Chelsea.
Under Abramovich, who purchased the crew in 2003, Chelsea has been extraordinarily profitable. Since then, they’ve gained 5 championships within the English Premier League, and twice gained the Champions League — wherein they’re at present the defending champs.