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AFC Wimbledon and Chelsea move into next phase of Kingsmeadow Stadium deal

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It sounds like AFC Wimbledon are getting very close to working out and getting approval for the deal that would see Chelsea acquire Kingsmeadow Stadium, in turn helping the Dons move back to their spiritual home in Merton (where they would build a new stadium, partly financed by the Chelsea monies received).

"AFC Wimbledon are moving into the next phase of their plans to sell Kingsmeadow Stadium to Chelsea after opening the second stage of voting to Trust members.  The Dons Trust last week announced 98 per cent of fans had cast their vote had given a thumbs up to the sale of the Kingston-based venue in round one."

-source: Get West London

This deal has been in the works since at least December.  Nothing ever moves too fast in these types of deals of course, and it's not even quite yet clear when Wimbledon would actually move out of Kingsmeadow.  They're currently in the planning phases for their new stadium, and just like Chelsea, are still in process of acquiring all the necessary permissions.

It's also not clear what non-league Kingstonian, who sub-let the stadium as a second tenant will do once the sale goes through -- presumably we'll strike a similar deal with them -- but with 98% support in round one, the second round of voting should be a formality as well.  Chelsea's offer of £1.8m via three installments of £600k (assuming* all installments are the same as the first initial payment) will be a small price to pay for us to have a dedicated home to the youth and Ladies teams, but a big help to Wimbledon and their plans to have a permanent home where they truly belong.

* The final purchase price has not been revealed to the public (yet?).