Bid put in for Wembley - Will we see London Jaguars soon?

Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich

FA chairman Greg Clarke says any funds from the potential sale of Wembley Stadium will be allocated by a trust to invest in grassroots football.

Under the plan, the FA would keep Wembley as the main venue for major matches, including England internationals and the FA Cup Final, but the national football team could play elsewhere in October and November due to clashes with the U.S. National Football League (NFL) season.

Khan, who also owns promotion-chasing Championship side Fulham as well as the National Football League team Jacksonville Jaguars, is reported to have made an offer that could be worth up to £900 million.

"In every respect, the Jaguars' standing in London would be improved and dramatically enhanced if we are fortunate to be approved as the new owner and steward of Wembley Stadium, and that's good news for the Jaguars and all of Jacksonville".

Chelsea will have to negotiate with Khan if a proposed deal goes ahead rather than the FA and a move could be blocked off if the 67-year-old wants to use Wembley as a frequent venue for Jaguars' matches, which would interrupt the regular football season.

"The FA went through a hugely hard period to build that stadium, so to lose it and not play there would be a no from me", he said.

The owner of NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars added: "Wembley would return to private ownership and the Football Association would be able to focus on its core mission of developing players".

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Tottenham already has a deal with the National Football League to stage a minimum of two games a season over 10 years once its new stadium in north London is completed later this year.

The American will pay around two-thirds of the £900m fee, with the rest of the amount made up by the Club Wembley hospitality packages which the FA will continue to oversee.

The England team would still stage the majority of their home games at the stadium but a large portion of their annual schedule, particularly during the autumn, would be moved elsewhere.

Wembley Stadium is a popular conference and meetings destination. The statement also made it clear that this venture is completely separate to his interests at Fulham. "Wembley is a special place, beloved in London and known throughout the world".

"I think that can be done in the next eight weeks or so. How on earth can the FA even think of selling Wembley Stadium when your money paid to build it twice".

"Wembley is the home football - it is the Mecca of English football".

The London Evening Standard report that the bid totalling £500 million came from current Fulham FC owner Shahid Khan.

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