Chelsea’s potential new owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has promised to put the club on a pedestal with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich if he completes a takeover – and has also vowed to carry out other improvements at the club such as a stadium expansion.
The club has been on the market since mid-March, following the government sanctions taken against current owner Roman Abramovich. That opened the door for consortiums to bid for the club, with Ratcliffe and Todd Boehly competing against one another, and even Lewis Hamilton getting involved with a reported £10million planned investment into the club.
But new talks have been held between Ratcliffe and fan groups of the Blues, with the 69-year-old keen to impress those most involved with the club. And in a bid to wow the fans, he has reportedly told them what he wishes to do with his money to improve the side in the long-run.
The BBC states that Ratcliffe has told supporters’ groups that he wishes to increase the capacity of Stamford Bridge from 41,000 to 60,000 upon his arrival. Furthermore, he would like the club to achieve the same goals as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid – arguably the two most successful European clubs outside of England in recent years.
Talks went well with those attending, with Ratcliffe reiterating that he would treat the project long-term. And the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust further confirmed they have held discussions with Ratcliffe and his team, although no further meeting is scheduled.