(ANSA) – ISTANBUL, 23 MAR – Roman Abramovich would have expressed his intention to buy the Turkish football team Goztepe and would already be in contact with the representatives of the sports club to carry out the negotiations. This was revealed by the Turkish sports daily Fanatik according to which the Russian billionaire would have already had contact with the majority shareholder of the Izmir football team, Mehmet Sepil, recently resigned from the role of president of Goztepe due to repeated failures of the team that plays in the Turkish Super Lig, equivalent of Serie A in the Italian league. According to the Turkish press, Abramovich and Sepil could meet in person in the next few days to move the negotiations forward.
Due to sanctions against Russia in connection with Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, Abramovich recently put the English football team Chelsea up for sale while two superyachts of the Russian billionaire were moored in recent days in the Turkish coast resorts of Bodrum and Marmaris after the boats had left European ports to avoid any measures against the assets of the Russian oligarchs in Europe. As Abramovich’s Solaris yacht approached Bodrum harbor, a group of Ukrainians staged a protest by displaying a Ukrainian flag reading “No to war” from a small boat next to the billionaire’s boat. (HANDLE).