Good morning Chelsea fans
Departing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has maintained he is NOT demanding the repayment of his £1.6billion loan to the club.
Abramovich insisted he has engaged with the UK government to discuss how the promised charity donation from the sale should be carried out.
Government sources hinted that the Russian oligarch had made a U-turn on his initial pledge and demanded the money that had kept the West Londoners going for the past 19 years was paid to a Jersey-based company as part of the sale deal.
The consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly is understood to be close to completing the final details of the package, despite the last-gasp bid by Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
But the entire process was seemingly imperilled by the claims that Abramovich was now demanding some financial compensation for being effectively forced to sell up after being branded an acolyte and supporter of Vladimir Putin and Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Boehly is “very close” to taking over at Chelsea with Ratcliffe’s late rival bid allegedly “not under consideration”.
That is according to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, who claims the US-based bank Raine, who are handling the takeover process for Abramovich, are not exploring any other “alternative options”.
Jacobs tweeted: “Boehly-Clearlake takeover of Chelsea is now very close to completion. Raine sources tell me Wednesday talks were ‘highly productive and no alternative options are being explored’.
“Sources within Boehly-Clearlake say they’ve remained ‘calm’ and are confident they will own”
But Sir Jim has told the Raine Group not to brush off his offer to buy the club.
Ratcliffe wants the group to factor in that his company is British and want the best for the club.
Sir Jim said, reported by the BBC: “My message to Raine is don’t discount our offer.
“We are British and have great intentions for Chelsea. If I was Raine I wouldn’t close any door.”
Finally, West Ham are planning a move for Chelsea wonderkid Armando Broja this summer following his loan spell at Southampton, reports SunSport’s Jack Rosser.
No transfers can happen before the Blues’ ownership crisis is solved but, once resolved, SunSport understands that Saints could quickly try to tie up a deal with Broja.
That is if they are willing to offer the forward similar wages to team-mates Che Adams and Adam Armstrong.
But the Hammers are set to rival Southampton and could win the transfer war with the offer of European football.
Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have also registered an 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 is short of options in attack