Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly in talks to buy another club in Europe.
The Russian businessman, who recently put the Blues up for sale, has had a number of sanctions placed on him due to his alleged ties to Russia president Vladimir Putin, whose military troops are in the process of invading Ukraine, much to widespread condemnation.
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One of those sanctions has ensured that Abramovich cannot complete a sale of the London club without the United Kingdom government's permission.
Despite that, and with a plethora of potential suitors ready to bid for the Premier League side, the billionaire has gone to Turkey to initiate talks with the president of Super Lig club Goztepe regarding a potential purchase, according to CNN Turk.
With Mehmet Sepil, who recently announced his resignation as president of the club, having bought the Turkish side for $7.5 million (R109 million) in 2014, a deal with the under-fire Russian-Israeli entrepreneur is possible as Turkey, which is not part of the European Union, has not placed any sanctions on Russia nor its individuals, per the Daily Mail.
It is further claimed that Abramovich will meet with Sepil's representatives face-to-face in the coming days to discuss a takeover.
Sepil, Goztepe's majority shareholder, has insisted he will fulfil his obligations to the club until the end of this campaign after announcing his resignation earlier this week.
"My only priority and sensitivity in the formation of a new management that will take over the responsibilities of Goztepe Sports Club is to bring our club to a better place than it is now, with a new enthusiasm," he said, per RT.
Chelsea, meanwhile, could break the record for the most expensive football team ever bought, with a selling price said to be in the region of $4 billion (R58 billion).
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