Much has been speculated in the past few weeks about Chelsea’s new ownership following Roman Abramovich’s departure from the club. At one end, there were reports of interest from a Saudi consortium while at the other end of the spectrum, there was news of Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton and multiple Grand Slam champion Serena Williams backing a consortium to bid for ownership.
But these rumours have now finally given way to substantially solid news that American businessman Todd Boehly is now one step away from his consortium purchasing the London club in a £4.25 billion deal, making him the face of the new regime at Stamford Bridge.
With the agreement close to being reached, Boehly has already begun to connect with the fans by paying visits to Chelsea’s training facility at Cobham and by arriving for the club’s last few Premier League games in their home ground.
During Thursday night’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City, the American was spotted in the stands supporting his new club but he was not alone this time as he was during his first visit for the game against Wolves last week.
Boehly was spotted alongside WWE superstar John Cena as the two shared the VIP box and witnessed Chelsea nail down their third-place finish this season in the league.
In the past, Cena has publicly shown his affection for football and also revealed himself to be a Tottenham Hotspur fan during a visit to White Hart Lane in 2008. As per his interviews, the wrestler attended Spurs games while in London for WWE promotional events.
It is very likely that Cena was in London once again for either a WWE event or in relation to the shooting of one of his Hollywood movies. The 45-year-old was a part of the Fast and Furious franchise’s latest film which was once again shot partially in London. While in London for these purposes, Cena looks to have found time to accompany Boehly to Stamford Bridge to reignite his connection with European football.
Cena and Boehly have also become the latest addition to Chelsea’s increasingly American representation of late, with USMNT star Christian Pulisic already having made a name for himself with his performances for the Blues. The WWE man’s appearance has surely turned heads and has attracted interest in Boehly who would be hoping to make himself a popular figure amongst Chelsea supporters with his takeover of the club being just a matter of time.