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US billionaire and Crystal Palace shareholder Josh Harris ‘polls buy Chelsea’ as Roman Abramovich sells out

According to reports, JOSH HARRIS is considering buying Chelsea.

The American billionaire already owns a portfolio of sports teams and is a minority shareholder in Crystal Palace.

Josh Harris, left, is said to be interested in buying Chelsea

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Josh Harris, left, is said to be interested in buying ChelseaCredit: Getty – Contributor

Chelsea was recently put up for sale by Roman Abramovich, amid government threats to punish Russian oligarchs in the UK following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Since news of their availability leaked, the Blues have no shortage of potential suitors, with Harris the latest.

According to the Financial Times, Chelsea is hoping to sell to a billionaire of European or American origin – in favor of Harris.

The 57-year-old bought an 18% stake in Crystal Palace in 2015.

He will have to divest to buy Chelsea.

Harris has owned the NBA franchise the Philadelphia 76ers along with business partner David Blitzer, who also owns 18% of Palace, since 2011.

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Roman Abramovich sells Chelsea

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Roman Abramovich sells ChelseaCredit: Getty

The duo then bought the NHL’s New Jersey Devils two years later.

They also own the NBA G League franchise Delaware Blue Coats, a subsidiary of the Sixers.

West Londoners are the subject of much interest from across the pond.

Todd Boehly, co-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team is among interested parties, as is the Ricketts family, who look after the Chicago Cubs.

Vivek Ranadive, owner of the Sacramento Kings, is also said to be in the mix.

His franchise is on track to make NBA history for the wrong reasons – with the Kings on the verge of a 16-year record without a basketball game.

No sale is expected to be imminent, with official bids to be submitted in mid-March.

The process will then likely take around six weeks to complete – with the sale likely to be valued in excess of £3bn.

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Vivek Ranadive has been linked with The Blues

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Vivek Ranadive has been linked with The BluesCredit: Getty

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