Chairman Wontumi: Ghanaian businessman seeking to buy Chelsea was a security guard in London

Published on: 10 March 2022

Businessman and politician Chairman Wontumi who is seeking to buy European giants Chelsea says he has met with the club’s owner Roman Abramovich.

According to Wontumi, real name Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, he met the Russian billionaire in London in 2003. At the time, Wontumi was working as a security guard in the British capital.

"I've met him once in 2003 when he took over the club. At that time, I was a bodyguard in London. He was a close friend to my boss who wanted me to work for him (Abramovich),” Wontumi said.

However, he said a lot has changed since their unofficial meeting as he is currently in a position to buy Chelsea.

"Now it will be business and not working for him...For me, I'm a Manchester United fan but because Ghanaians love Chelsea I would want to buy," he added.

Wontumi, who owns a gold mining company in Ghana, submitted an official bid to buy Chelsea after learning the club is up for sale.

In a letter dated Wednesday, March 09, 2022, he wrote: “I am informed of the intention by the owner of your reputable club, Mr Roman Abramovich, to put up Chelsea Football Club for sale. I am by this letter writing to officially declare my intention for the purchase of same”

“My official bid is in the range of three-point One Billion Dollars ($3.1B)."

“My legal Team and Transactional Advisors are ready to engage in negotiations”

However, the New Patriotic Patriotic Party Ashanti regional chairman may have to wait as the UK government has seized the club after sanctioning Abramovich as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Chelsea can only be sold if Abramovich is willing to allow the government to take over the sale process.

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