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Friday, May 04, 2012

FOOTBALL : Chelsea bid for Battersea site for new stadium

Chelsea could soon be playing in a new home ground built around a redeveloped Battersea Power Station after confirming they had submitted a bid to buy the 39-acre site on Friday.

Chelsea are not the only bidders for the site, which was valued at £500m in October and was put up for sale two months later amid an administration saga.

The Blues maintain they have yet to decide whether to relocate but they have also insisted it is not economically viable to redevelop Stamford Bridge.

The Blues announced plans to transform the Grade II* listed building in Wandsworth into "one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world".

The 60,000-seater ground, which would take between three and four years to construct, would include the power station's four chimneys and other aspects of the existing structure as part of the design.

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