EXCLUSIVE: Ghanaian gold mine owner confirms he’s in for £3bn crisis club Chelsea – and wants to build on the club’s profile in Africa after the success of legends Didier Drogba and Michael Essien
- Bernard Antwi Boasiako, 45, is in the running for the ownership of Chelsea
- Ghanaian businessman has made his fortune through being a gold mine owner
- Chelsea has strong links to African players in the past, appealing to Boasiako
Ghanaian businessman Bernard Antwi Boasiako had pledged to bring stability back to Chelsea after confirming to Sportsmail that he is interested in bidding for the club.
Claims emerged last week that the gold mine owner was exploring an offer to buy the crisis-stricken Stamford Bridge club, with a spokesman for the African businessman now confirming his interest.
A spokesman for Boasiako told Sportsmail: ‘Bernard Antwi Boasiako is exploring a potential offer for Chelsea. Discussions with various parties involved in the sale have taken place.
‘Chelsea has a lasting legacy in Africa, players like Didier Drogba and Michael Essien are legends of the club; the opportunity to enhance the club’s reputation in Africa is a very tempting prospect.
‘Restoring stability and ensuring there are no job losses are among the priorities.’
In addition, Boasiako is also pledging to make special concessions for children aged 10 and under at Stamford Bridge in hope of nurturing a family atmosphere at Chelsea.
Sources close to the tycoon say Boasiako has an emotional attachment to Chelsea owing to the number of successful African players that have played for the club during the Roman Abramovich era.
Ghanaian businessman Bernard Antwi Boasiako is keen to bid for the ownership of Chelsea
The 45-year-old has made preserving all employment at Chelsea a priority with his proposal
He’s also pledging to make special concessions for children aged 10 and under at home games
Chelsea have strong African links through the likes of Michael Essien (left) and Didier Drogba
Ex-Blues midfielder Claude Makelele is of Congolese descent and was a player that Boasiako was a fan of during his playing days
Current Chelsea first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is a Senegal international
In addition to Drogba and Essien; the likes of Salomon Kalou, John Obi Mikel, Samuel Eto’o – and most recently Edouard Mendy all playing for the club. He is said to be a particular fan of former Blues midfielder Claude Makelele, who is of Congolese descent.
But it is the fact the 45-year-old has made preserving all employment at Chelsea a priority during a period where there has been huge uncertainty over jobs that could also aid his chances.
It is understood the tycoon has made concrete enquiries with regards to making an offer ahead of Friday’s deadline, with his advisers now working on the viability of any bid.
He remains in contact with a number of London-based consultants ahead of Friday’s bid cut-off.
It remains to be seen whether Boasiako, who will focus on growing the club’s popularity in the lucrative Asian markets, follows through with an official bid – but his interest is now clear.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (pictured) was sanctioned by the UK Government last week
Abramovich is a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin who ordered the war against Ukraine
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