Good morning Chelsea fans
A deal has finally been agreed between Roman Abramovich and the UK Government over the sale of Chelsea that will green light Todd Boehly’s takeover of the football club.
The PA News Agency report that the two parties are said to have found a ‘legal resolution’ as to how to handle the £1.5billion debt the Stamford Bridge club owe to the outgoing Russian owner.
Abramovich had previously indicated his willingness to write off the loan, but Downing Street officials had expressed concerns that the 55-year-old would later renege on that promise.
The Premier League are now required to sign off on any sale of one of their clubs.
And, Todd Boehly will make Sevilla’s Jules Kounde his first purchase after completing his takeover at Chelsea.
A deal for the French defender – equally comfortable at right-back or centre-half – is expected to cost the Blues in the region of £60million, and will go through as soon as the club’s takeover is completed and its sanctions are lifted, according to Goal.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja will return to Chelsea next season.
Broja has been on loan with Southampon, and Gallagher with Crystal Palace.
But Tuchel insists the pair will be part of the Blues squad next season as better players.
Elsewhere, Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso is on the brink of joining Barcelona, according to reports.
Talks between Alonso and Barca are at an advanced stage, SPORT claim.
The report adds that the left-back has agreed a three-year deal to join the Catalan giants this summer.
Finally, Tuchel has blamed Chelsea’s indifferent season on coronavirus, the Russia/Ukraine war and the ensuing sanctions on the club.
He moaned: “We struggled with coronavirus, long-term injuries, a war that had a big effect on our club in particular.
“There’s always room for improvement but we arrived in this [FA Cup] with key players out, Mateo and N’Golo with only half a training session.
“With the club sanctions, there are a lot of things that are impressive.”