Todd Boehly named as preferred Chelsea bidder, James 'open' to Real Madrid move – takeover latest updates
3rd May 2022

CHELSEAcould be set for their takeover as billionaire Todd Boehly has been named as the preferred bidder for Chelsea despite a last-gasp £4billion bid from Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Boehly’s team were told they had been granted a “period of exclusivity” to discuss the final terms and conditions of a takeover package.

But the Blues' on-pitch woes continued at the weekend as they lost 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park.

Meanwhile Reece James is reportedly 'open' to the idea of making a summer switch to Real Madrid.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Who is Jim Ratcliffe?

    Jim Ratcliffe is a fracking and chemicals entrepreneur who has topped chart of the UK's wealthiest 1,000 people in The Sunday Times Rich List 2018.

    The Brexit-backing businessman is the chairman and CEO of chemicals group Ineos.

    He increased his wealth by more than £15billion in 2017 to take the top spot on the Sunday times Rich List.

    He is the first British-born industrialist to top the list, according to a Sunday Times profile.

    Ratcliffe is also the first UK-born person to top the rich list since the Duke of Westminster in 2003.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea bidder plans supporter meet

    Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly still pursuing Chelsea ownership.

    Todd Boehly's consortium was selected for exclusive talks to buy Chelsea.

    But Ratcliffe is pushing ahead with plans to meet with Blues supporters this week, according to Chelsea specialist Nizaar Kinsella.

    The reporter made the claims on Twitter.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Pul the other one

    Christian Pulisic will fit in well at West Ham if he leaves Chelsea.

    Thats' the opinion of ex-Hammers stopper Shaka Hislop.

    Hislop said: "I think that would be a very good fit and a very good fit for him both in terms of where he is as a player and the type of football that West Ham play."

    Hislop's comments come after Pulisic's dad stated that the midfielder has had a 'sad' time at Stamford Bridge.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Reece James 'deserves accolade'

    Rio Ferdinand has crowned Reece James as the Prem's Young Player of the season.

    He said: "I’m going to go Reece James [for Premier League young player of the season]. I just think the importance that he has in this team, when he doesn’t play in that team now they miss him massively. He has a massive impact in that team.

    “I watched him at Old Trafford the other day… he was treating some Man United players like boys. That’s how good he is, how comfortable he looks now.

    “I’ve seen him on loan at Wigan playing centre-back, playing in midfield. He’s so versatile. His passing range is off the charts.

    “Just his all-round general play, the composure, the physicality, his defending one-v-one. I think he’s got everything.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Time to move on

    Andreas Christensen has reportedly agreed a five-year contract with Barcelona.

    And the Blues defender will receive five million a year at the Nou Camp, according to AS.

    Christensen's contract expires this summer and his exit from the club now seems certain if reports are true.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly is set to win the battle to own Chelsea despite a last-gasp bid by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

    Ratcliffe and his Ineos group announced they were making a £4.25billion offer to buy out the Blues.

    But it emerged that Boehly’s group, which includes Switzerland’s richest man Hansjorg Wyss and has also enlisted former Chancellor George Osborne, had ALREADY been awarded preferred status.

    The other two consortiums, one led by ex-Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton – backed by Lewis Hamilton and Lord Seb Coe – and the other by Boston Celtics and Atalanta co-owner Stephen Pagliuca, were informed they were effectively out of the running.

    However, Boehly’s team were told they had been granted a “period of exclusivity” to discuss the final terms and conditions of a takeover package.

    US-based bank Raine Group, who are handling the takeover for departing owner Roman Abramovich, have determined the Boehly-led bid offers the best deal and guarantees for the future of the club.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea star Reece James is reportedly open to the idea of moving to Real Madrid.

    James has become a Real transfer target as manager Carlo Ancelotti looks to strengthen his backline.

    According to Marca, the wing-back is among Ancelotti's top targets ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.

    Although a move won’t be completed this summer, the England international is said to welcome the idea because he “likes” Real.

    Elsewhere, Juventus want to sign Chelsea star Jorginho and are looking to take advantage of his contract situation.

    The 30-year-old has a deal with the Blues until the summer of 2023 but with the West Londoners set to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for nothing this summer, they may be keen to avoid the same fate with the midfielder.

    Juve made contact with the Italy international several weeks ago and could look to strike a deal, report Todofichajes.

    But the Bianconeri know how important Jorginho is to Chelsea and understand they will be unwilling to let him leave.

    So to persuade the reigning European champions to sell, the Vecchia Signora will reportedly offer Arthur in exchange.

    Finally, Chelsea fear Mason Mount could be lured away by Liverpool or Manchester City, who could take advantage of the club’s ownership crisis, reports SunSport's Duncan Wright.

    Mount is one of the Blues’ lowest paid players on around £70,000 a week and he has just two years left on his deal but sanctions are preventing the club from offering him a new contract.

    And rivals Liverpool as well as City are watching closely as concerns grow at the West Londoners' camp that the England international could be tempted away by a more lucrative offer.

    The Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp has publicly spoken highly of his admiration for the 23-year-old and the Citizens' manager Pep Guardiola is another major fan

  • Kostas Lianos

    Broja moving south?

    Napoli have set their sights on signing Chelsea forward Armando Broja, who is on loan at Southampton.

    According to Todofichajes, Partenopei manager Luciano Spalletti and the club's board are eyeing a move for Broja.

    Their current striker Victor Osimhen has been very impressive with 17 goals in 29 games this season.

    It has attracted attention from across Europe, most notably Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Manchester United.

    And Broja is said to be top of Napoli's wishlist

  • Kostas Lianos

    Broja a wanted man

    Chelsea loanee Armando Broja could be the man to solve West Ham's striker shortage, says Hammers hero Anton Ferdinand.

    Ferdinand exclusively told SunSport's Joshua Mbu: "I'd like us to go and get Broja, who's at Southampton on loan from Chelsea.

    "He's exciting. He can finish. He's a powerful young man.

    "Not the same but similar to [Michail] Antonio in terms of his presence and strength.

    "He's willing to run and occupy two centre-backs and for me personally, he's somebody that West Ham should look to go and get"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Lazio's Lofty ambitions

    Lazio are lining up a transfer for Chelsea ace Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's replacement.

    The Romans are expecting Milinkovic-Savic to leave the club this summer as Manchester United are keeping tabs on the midfielder.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, Loftus-Cheek is manager Maurizio Sarri's dream signing.

    The midfielder was a regular during Sarri's sole season at Stamford Bridge – scoring 10 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ant good enough

    Italian legend Antonio Cassano claims he will stop watching Barcelona games if they sign Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku.

    Cassano told Bobo TV: "I’m in love with Barca’s philosophy, but if they sign Lukaku I won’t watch a game anymore.

    “He can’t play three passes with Chelsea where he has no competition.

    "At Barcelona they play 55 before going for goal, how could he do it?"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    So Lon for Marcos

    Barcelona are reportedly keen on signing Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso.

    According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Alonso is on the club's transfer shortlist along with three or four other left-back candidates.

    Barca have already been in contact with the Blues to "explore intentions and potential price".

    And it appears that the Spain international would be open to the move

  • Kostas Lianos

    Devil in disguise

    Manchester United are set to have no rivals in the race to sign West Ham star and Chelsea target Declan Rice.

    According to ESPN, United want to take advantage of other clubs’ reluctance to pay more than £100million for Rice to secure his signature.

    The Blues would love to re-sign the England international, who they released as a teenager, but their ownership situation complicates matters.

    Even when a takeover is completed, the West Londoners will likely have to prioritise moving for a new defender and centre-forward.

    Manchester City, meanwhile, will focus on completing a deal for Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland.

    And Liverpool will look at cheaper options – with Jude Bellingham a target for 2023, while Tottenham and Arsenal won’t have the funds to swoop for the star midfielder

  • Kostas Lianos

    Pressure Mount-ing for Chelsea

    Chelsea fear Mason Mount could be lured away by Liverpool or Manchester City, who could take advantage of the club’s ownership crisis, reports SunSport's Duncan Wright.

    Mount is one of the Blues’ lowest paid players on around £70,000 a week.

    The forward has just two years left on his deal but sanctions are preventing the club from offering him a new contract.

    And rivals Liverpool as well as City are watching closely as concerns grow at the West Londoners' camp that the England international could be tempted away by a more lucrative contract.

    The Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp has publicly spoken highly of his admiration for the 23-year-old.

    And the Citizens' manager Pep Guardiola is another major fan

  • Kostas Lianos

    Declan Rice banter

    West Ham star and Manchester United target Declan Rice admits he is the butt of the jokes in the dressing room after being valued at £150million.

    Rice said: "I can’t help speculation, even with the numbers that get spoken about.

    “I get battered for it all the time on social media. [My team-mates] wind me up all the time. It is crazy to speak about to be honest.

    “I kind of block it out and do what I do best which is play football”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Richarlison flare up

    Everton star Richarlison is being investigated by the FA after chucking a lit flare into the crowd after his match-winning goal against Chelsea.

    The Brazil international faces a potential three-match ban for his celebration.

    The Toffees claimed a crucial three points against the Blues after the forward tucked his effort into the bottom corner.

    The resulting celebrations saw a flare end up on the pitch, which Richarlison then lobbed back into the audience

  • Kostas Lianos

    Jorginho on the way?

    Juventus want to sign Chelsea star Jorginho and are looking to take advantage of his contract situation.

    The 30-year-old has a deal with the Blues until the summer of 2023.

    But with the West Londoners set to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for nothing this summer, they may be keen to avoid the same fate with the midfielder.

    Juventus made contact with the Italy international several weeks ago and could look to strike a deal, report Todofichajes.

    But Juve know how important Jorginho is to Chelsea and understand they will be unwilling to let him leave.

    So to persuade the reigning European champion to sell, the Bianconeri will reportedly offer Arthur in exchange

  • Kostas Lianos

    Christian Pul-ling away

    Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic's father took to Twitter to vent his frustration at his son's limited playing time.

    In a now deleted tweet, Mark said: "The sad thing is he loves the club, team-mates, and London.

    "[Christian] puts his heart and soul into being a pro.

    "Onwards and upwards my boy… big six months ahead"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ruben feeling Blue

    Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek has called on his team-mates to "tune in and sharpen up" amid their poor run.

    Loftus-Cheek said: "It’s up to us as individuals to tune in and sharpen up as a team together.

    “Getting everyone ready for the game, these are basics in football. If you don’t have these basics, you will struggle like we have the last four games.

    “This is not Chelsea standard at all. Our concentration levels were not good enough.

    “We want top four but we cannot perform like that with other teams doing well around us. We need wins.

    "It is hard to process it right now and we will look back at it once the emotions have calmed down”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Tuchel on Everton loss

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel stated he and his players "hate to lose".

    Tuchel said: "We hate to lose, we are responsible for it. It was our responsibility in Old Trafford to not have more – we struggle to have consecutive clean sheets and top performances and that is why we lost today.

    "We have to be without mistakes, disciplined in your positions and don't make mistakes. When you have that much possession, we did not play our best match, but we were in control, and then we gave a goal away and it kills the game for us because it is everything the opponent wants. It is a huge pattern in our season.

    "We have now four matches in the last two weeks and one clean sheet, that needs to change – if we try to get away with OK performances that is not good for us, we are a team that needs to be on the very top limit on every match basis. If we try to get away with OK, we lose games.

    "We struggle with concentration and determination levels and you see that in the last four matches"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Tuchel's top four fears

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed he actually fears for the team's top-four spot after they were beaten by Everton.

    Tuchel said: "I’m very disappointed. We knew what was coming [from Everton], and like in the last matches, we struggled to have clean sheets.

    "Of course, I’m worried about the top four. I never feel safe.

    "Four points in four games will never be enough, no matter what race we are in”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Reece James keen on Real

    Chelsea star Reece James is reportedly open to the idea of moving to Real Madrid.

    James has become a Real transfer target as manager Carlo Ancelotti looks to strengthen his defence.

    According to Marca, the wing-back is among Ancelotti's top targets ahead of the summer transfer window.

    Although a move won’t be done this summer, the England international is said to welcome the idea because he “likes” Real

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea dodge ball

    LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly is set to win the battle to own Chelsea – despite a last-gasp bid by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

    Ratcliffe, formerly Britain's richest man, and his Ineos group announced they were making a £4.25billion offer to buy out the Blues.

    But it emerged that Boehly’s group, which includes Switzerland’s richest man Hansjorg Wyss and has also enlisted former Chancellor George Osborne, had ALREADY been given preferred status.

    The other two consortiums, one led by former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton – backed by Lewis Hamilton and Lord Seb Coe – and the other by Boston Celtics and Atalanta co-owner Stephen Pagliuca, were informed they were effectively out of the running.

    Boehly’s team, though, were told they had been granted a “period of exclusivity” to discuss the final terms and conditions of a takeover package.

    US-based bank Raine Group, who are handling the takeover for departing owner Roman Abramovich, have determined the Boehly-led bid offers the best deal and guarantees for the future of the club

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea's 'safe' Prem spot

    Chelsea's spot in the top four is safe, according to Jonathan Woodgate.

    He told the BBC: "Arsenal are now only three points behind third-placed Chelsea, who surprisingly lost at Everton on Sunday.

    "I don't think Thomas Tuchel's side have to worry much about dropping out of the top four though.

    "They have thrown in the odd poor performance recently, but that's hardly surprising with what has been going on at the club off the pitch.

    "They still have far more good days than bad ones, and when they are good, they brush most teams aside."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Finish your Mil

    Ex-Chelsea star Milan Lalkovic claims the Blues' loss to Everton will be forgotten if they win the FA Cup and qualify for the Champions League.

    And the winger insists that Chelsea will attain both targets despite their wobble in form as of late.

    The Czech Republic legend tweeted: "Top 4 and FA cup win, today’s result won’t matter, very positive this will happen."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Marc set go

    Marcos Alonso could be the latest defender to leave Chelsea this summer.

    The Blues look set to lose Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

    And now, Fabrizio Romano claims Alonso is keen on a transfer to Spain with Barca at the top of his wishlist.

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