CHELSEA’S plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge could possibly be thrown up within the air by the shock sale of Wembley to Fulham owner Shahid Khan.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is already on the lookout for funding to assist afford the projected £1billion revamp of the membership’s home since 1905.
The formidable scale of the challenge, which might see the present floor – and the inns and different buildings on the location – knocked down and utterly redeveloped right into a futuristic amphitheatre means it’s doubtless Chelsea may have to transfer out for 4 seasons.
Chelsea have checked out a quantity of momentary choices, together with the likelihood of renting Twickenham, however the Rugby Football Union blocked the thought in January 2017.
With Spurs having rented Wembley this season – the North Londoners additionally had an choice for subsequent time period however let the deadline cross with out being taken up – it was anticipated the Blues would look to comply with their capital rivals in reaching a cope with the FA.
However the sale of Wembley to Khan, who needs to make the Nationwide Stadium the brand new home for his Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise, seems to finish any hopes Chelsea have of renting the stadium.
The Jaguars will play eight home video games within the common season, which begins at the start of September and finishes on the finish of December, whereas they might then host submit-season play-offs by way of January.
Khan and the NFL workforce may have precedence for fixtures throughout that interval, which means that the England group is about to go “on the street” and play around the nation for home worldwide video games within the autumn.
And with Premier League guidelines stating that golf equipment can solely have one designated home floor in any season, Chelsea won’t have the choice of switching video games between Wembley and one other smaller-capability venue.
Until there’s an RFU U-flip over Twickenham – which might not overcome the problems that see native residents in Richmond having a veto over the quantity of occasions held on the stadium – Chelsea might be operating out of options.
If they need to keep in London they could have to go cap in hand to rivals Arsenal, Spurs or West Ham to play in a big venue, with the nearer grounds at Loftus Street, Craven Cottage or Brentford’s alternative for Griffin Park all possible to be too small.
Pictured with the mayor of London, Khan is eager to set-up an NFL franchise within the UK
One different choice can be a short lived transfer out of the capital, with Studying a risk.
In fact, the news that Wembley seems out of the equation may see Abramovich pull the plug on the entire scheme, though there have been no indications of that being possible up to now.
Chelsea have been pushing forward with the plans and one of the ultimate potential blockages was ended when the membership lastly reached settlement with one native houseowner who was demanding hundreds of thousands in compensation for loss of mild.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has already given his approval for the scheme whereas Hammersmith and Fulham Council are backing the membership’s enlargement plans.
CHELSEA’S plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge might be thrown up within the air by the shock sale of Wembley to Fulham owner Shahid Khan.