Conor McGregor has claimed that he is interested in buying Chelsea.
The Blues have been put up for sale by owner Roman Abramovich amid increased pressure on the Russian following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich is a known associate of Putin, and a number of key Russian figures have been placed under economic sanctions by several European countries as the conflict escalates.
An excerpt from a statement released by the Chelsea owner on Wednesday evening read: “I would like to address the speculation in media over the past few days in relation to my ownership of Chelsea FC.
“As I have stated before, I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart.
“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the Club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the Club, the fans, the employees, as well as the Club’s sponsors and partners.”
While a number of potential buyers, including billionaire duo Hansjorg Wyss and Todd Boehly, have already emerged as rumoured suitors, perhaps the most recognisable, and certainly the most forthright, has been McGregor.
But how much is the Irishman worth, and could he afford to strike a deal for the Blues?
Here’s everything you need to know...
What has Conor McGregor said about buying Chelsea?
Taking to Twitter after it was announced that Abramovich was planning to sell Chelsea, UFC megastar McGregor shared a screenshot of a WhatsApp chat in which he told someone that the club was for sale at £3 billion and that they “should buy it”.
Alongside the image, he wrote: “I wish to explore this @ChelseaFC”.
Later on, McGregor took to social media again, this time sharing a video of a character that looked like him being shown around Chelsea’s training ground in the football video game PES.
He captioned the clip: “Push it to the limit! @ChelseaFC”.
What is Conor McGregor’s net worth?
Despite boasting one of the most iconic UFC careers of all-time, McGregor has actually made the majority of his wealth away from the octagon.
The Irishman raked in around £112 million for the sale of his whisky company Proper Twelve last year, while his lucrative exhibition boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 is said to have banked him close to £100 million.
According to McGregor himself, however, the finer details of the Proper Twelve deal in particular could eventually net him around £525 million further down the line.
Speaking before his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier last summer, he said: “It’s upwards of $700m (£523m) that deal is worth over the coming years and I haven’t celebrated with a glass yet because I was in camp so I stayed focused”.
Add that figure to the £20 million or so he is understood to bring in per fight in the UFC, and it’s fair to say that the 33-year-old is in strong position financially.
In fact, Forbes named McGregor as the richest athlete in the world last year, ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Crucially though, his current net worth is still only estimated to be somewhere in the region of £135 million - a considerable way short of Abramovich’s wealth, and indeed his valuation of Chelsea.
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