Chelsea can breathe. Yesterday morning the Telegram announced that the British government had given the green light to Roman Abramovich to sell his club to the consortium led by Todd Boehly. Then, at the end of the day, the Premier League officially approved the plan to buy the London team, put up for sale on March 2 by the Russian oligarch. However, the English league specified that this operation remained subject “upon the government’s issuance of the required sales license and the satisfactory completion of the final stages of the transaction”.
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All the lights are therefore green so that the sale of Chelsea can be completed before May 31, the deadline set by the Premier League. While there are still a few details to be ironed out, the future owners have already got to work. For several weeks, Todd Boehly, the co-owner of the LA Dodgers, has been present in London and exchanges with the management of the club to prepare the best possible result. Besides, the Telegram explains this Wednesday that Boehly and his teams have very high ambitions. They want to send a strong message very quickly by putting big resources into the next transfer window.
The objective is to build an ultra-competitive team to close the gap with Manchester City and Liverpool in the league, or even compete with them. This is what was meant to Thomas Tuchel, with whom Boehly exchanged after the last match of the season against Watford. The English media therefore indicates that the residents of Stamford Bridge will have a transfer window of 200 M£, or approximately 235 million euros. What to have fun on the transfer market, even if the amount announced takes into account the planned sales of certain elements of the team.
Strengthening defense, a priority
Thus, the priority of the Blues will be to strengthen in defense, since the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen are recorded. Cesar Azpilicueta is getting closer to Barça just like Marcos Alonso. To compensate for these losses, the Londoners want Jules Koundé (Sevilla) and Josko Gvardiol (Leipzig) as a priority. Pau Torres (Villarreal) and José Maria Gimenez (Atlético) are also followed. In the middle and in attack, the Blues could also strengthen. While Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté are out of contract in a year, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are open to leaving.
Finally, Chelsea would not close the door in the event of a good offer for Christian Pulisic. To strengthen the midfield, Tuchel had thought of Aurélien Tchouaméni, who should not come and who is courted by PSG, Real Madrid and Liverpool. Also courted, Declan Rice (West Ham) is getting closer to Manchester United. Up front, the Blues may have a better chance of recruiting Raheem Sterling (Manchester City). Finally, the new bosses of the Blues will also discuss certain special cases, including that of Romelu Lukaku. The new Chelsea is already taking shape!