Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe makes bid to buy Nice after talk of potential Chelsea takeover


Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe makes bid to buy Nice after talk of potential Chelsea takeover

The richest man in Britain, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has made a bid to buy French football club Nice.

A spokesperson for the 66-year-old’s petrochemicals company INEOS has confirmed Ratcliffe’s interest in the Ligue 1 outfit, who are currently managed by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.

Ratcliffe is understood to be worth over £20billion

The statement comes after reports claimed Ratcliffe made a £77million bid for Nice in February, though the offer was rejected by the club’s owner Chien Lee, the Chinese-American investor who also owns League One’s Barnsley.

He is understood to value Nice, who currently sit eighth in Ligue 1, at closer to £100million.

“INEOS confirms that it has expressed an interest in the club and has had exploratory discussions but can say nothing more at this stage,” a spokesperson said.