Hello Chelsea fans
Outgoing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has claimed he is NOT demanding the repayment of his £1.6billion loan to the club.
Abramovich insisted he had engaged with the UK government to discuss how the charitable donation pledged at the sale should be made.
Government sources have suggested the Russian oligarch has backtracked on his original promise and demanded that the money that had kept West Londoners going for the past 19 years be paid to a company based in Jersey as part of the sales agreement.
The consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly is reportedly close to finalizing the final details of the package, despite the latest offer from Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
But the whole process was apparently jeopardized by claims that Abramovich was now demanding financial compensation for having been effectively forced to sell after being branded an acolyte and supporter of Vladimir Putin and the illegal invasion of Russia. Ukraine by Russia.
Meanwhile, Boehly is ‘very close’ to taking over at Chelsea, with Ratcliffe’s latest rival offer ‘not under consideration’.
That’s according to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs, who says U.S. bank Raine, which is handling Abramovich’s buyout process, is not exploring any other “alternative options.”
Jacobs tweeted: “The Boehly-Clearlake takeover of Chelsea is now very close to completion. Raine sources tell me Wednesday’s talks were ‘very productive and no alternative options are being explored’ .
“Sources within Boehly-Clearlake say they have remained ‘calm’ and are confident they will own”
But Sir Jim has told the Raine Group not to reject his offer to buy the club.
Ratcliffe wants the group to consider that his company is British and wants the best for the club.
Sir Jim said, reported by the BBC: “My message to Raine is not to overlook our offer.
“We are British and have great intentions for Chelsea. If I were Raine, I wouldn’t close any doors.”
Finally, West Ham are planning a move for Chelsea wonderkid Armando Broja this summer following his loan spell at Southampton, SunSport’s Jack Rosser reports.
No transfer can take place until the Blues’ ownership crisis is resolved but, once resolved, SunSport understands Saints could quickly try to strike a deal with Broja.
That’s if they’re willing to offer the forward salaries similar to teammates Che Adams and Adam Armstrong.
But the Hammers are ready to compete with Southampton and could win the transfer war with the offer from European football.
Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have also expressed interest in the Albania international.
West Ham boss David Moyes has made it clear he wants to add quality to his squad this summer as he lacks attacking options.