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Robert “Woody” Johnson, owner of New York Jets football club, is preparing to make a binding bid to buy London football club Chelsea, owned by Roman Abramovici, who wants to liquidate his business in the UK, including ownership of According to sources close to the talks, the current champion of the Champions League, quoted by the journalist Adam Schefter from ESPN.

Johnson has already contacted the Raine Group, which is organizing the bidding process, according to the quoted source.

Woody Johnson is said to have been well-informed about the Chelsea club and the Premier League and English football, especially after living in London for four years as US ambassador between 2017 and 2021. During his tenure. , Johnson became a fan of English football, aware of the important role that the Premier League plays in the United Kingdom.

Abramovich put the London club up for sale last week after pressure increased on him to move away from his business in the UK, as he could follow on a possible list of sanctioned people in the context. invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

ESPN claims that the price charged by the Russian billionaire for the London club is around 3 billion pounds.

Woody Johnson would not be the first owner of the NFL (National Football League) to look at the affairs of English clubs in the first league. Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams, owns the Arsenal club, the Glazer family owns Manchester United and the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the owner of the San Francisco 49ers, Jed York, has a minority stake in Leeds United. Another London club, Fulham, which leads the Championship standings and is preparing to return to the Premier League, is owned by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Robert “Woody” Johnson is a great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I, the founder of the American pharmaceutical industry giant Johnson & Johnson. He is one of the long-running supporters and donors of the Republican Party, being a staunch supporter of Donald Trump in his presidential campaigns. Following his support, he was appointed by Trump as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

He is also known for his philanthropic contributions to medical research, especially for the discovery of effective drugs and therapies for people with diabetes and lupus, two diseases that have affected some members of his family. Johnson has focused his high-level lobbying efforts to increase federal funding for medical research in connection with the two conditions.