Potential Chelsea buyers were told over the weekend that a government license would have to be granted to allow the takeover of the club during the week commencing Monday April 18.
Sky Sports News reporter Rob Wotton has broke Sky News report with an update on the sale of the club.
It is understood that ministers and the Premier League will be presented with the preferred bidder to buy Chelsea.
Apparently, a letter was sent to the four remaining potential investors this weekend advising them of the latest deadline. The Blues have set out their plans to approach the government during the week of April 18, with the idea that the sale of the club will be finalized and completed by the end of next month.
There is said to be a shortlist of four businessmen leading consortia to buy the London club. Todd Boehly, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, the Ricketts family and Stephen Pagliuca are the remaining candidates.
Chelsea matches before that
There is still plenty of football to be played before mid-April, but this group of players show tremendous professionalism and heart to continue delivering results on the pitch.
Much confusion and chaos has bubbled up around Stamford Bridge over the past month, but it looks like within weeks a preferred bidder will be named.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will play Premier League games against Brentford and Southampton, as well as both Champions League quarter-final matches against Real Madrid in early April. There are also the FA Cup semi-finals against Crystal Palace on April 17 at Wembley Stadium.
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