Gold mine owner Chairman Wontumi makes bid of $3.1b to buy Chelsea FC [Photo]


A Ghanaian gold mine owner has sensationally revealed his wild plan to buy Chelsea – and then sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

In a letter addressed to the Chelsea Football Club, Bernard Antwi Boasiako popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, has submitted his bid of $3.1b for purchase of the Blues.

Current owner Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


And now politician, gold guru and radio station boss Boasiako has thrown his hat into the ring.

And the 45-year-old boldly announced himself unfazed at the likely £3billion asking price for the Champions League winners.

Boasiako’s wealth is unknown but figures in his homeland suggest it could be up to £76million.

Known as Chairman Wontumi back home, he said he will try to buy Ronaldo and Messi if he somehow wins control of the Blues.

The New Patriotic Party regional chairman also said he would seek to get rid of the record signing and sign a Real Madrid star.

Boasiako told Ghana’s Wontumi FM radio station: “I want to go and buy Chelsea Football Club. I am interested in it.

“Those who buy clubs are not footballers, but business people.

“I am also a businessman. I’m into gold mining. Why can’t we buy the club?

“I want to join the bidding.

“If I become the owner, I want the Brazilian player at Real Madrid, Vinicius Jr – and to sell off Romelu Lukaku.

“I will speak with Manchester United to see if I can also buy Cristiano Ronaldo for Chelsea.

“I’d also look at signing Lionel Messi.

“Roman Abramovich has done his best. It is now time for him to support a Ghanaian or an African to buy Chelsea.”


However, ambitious Boasiako is likely to face some stern competition for the Stamford Bridge club.

American billionaire Todd Boehly and his Swiss business partner Hansjorg Wyss are waiting to hear back after making an offer.

In addition, Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets NFL team, has been tipped as another would-be buyer, as has a private Saudi Media group.

British tycoon and Blues fan Nick Candy is reportedly set to test Abramovich’s resolve of the club by making a £2.5bn offer this week – which includes a plan to redevelop Stamford Bridge.

And now Jamie Reuben could be considering a bid, too.

Reuben, however, is a director at Newcastle and his dad, property investor David, and uncle Simon own a ten per cent stake in the St James’ Park club which could lead to complications with Premier League rules.

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