John Terry key to Chelsea Pagliuca bid, Chicago Cubs owner Ricketts OUT of takeover race, FA Cup build-up – latest

John Terry key to Chelsea Pagliuca bid, Chicago Cubs owner Ricketts OUT of takeover race, FA Cup build-up – latest

CHELSEA'S new owner is set to be revealed, after the deadline passed for potential bidders to put their offers on Roman Abramovich's table.

And three of the four consortiums who are in a bidding have placed offers of around £3 billion in cash and with no debt leveraged against the club.

The Ricketts-Griffin-Gilbert Group have pulled out, revealing they could not get on board with the "unusual dynamics around the sales process."

Stephen Pagliuca has announced NBA chairman Larry Tanenbaum as co-managing partner in his bid, with John Terry also part of the takeover attempt.

Also on his team are ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger & journalist Willow Bay, Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin & businesswoman Elaine Saverin; B Capital co-founder Raj Ganguly.

On the transfer front, Antonio Rudiger's exit is seeming more imminent following the Blues' disappointing Champions League exit.

Keep up to date with all of the latest updates from the takeover in our live blog…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Who's left in Chelsea owner race?

    The withdrawal of the Ricketts family from the race to buy Chelsea means there are just three contenders left in the running.

    They are Americans Steve Pagliuca and Todd Boehly – both up against the combined Brit bid from Lord Seb Coe and Martin Broughton.

    But it has been revealed Chelsea icon John Terry will play a key role in Pagliuca’s bid to become the club's next owner.

    And the Boston Celtics basketball boss will now tap into the legendary defender’s expertise to help win the four-way race to take over from Abramovich.

    Terry is part of the True Blues group which has now aligned itself to Pagliuca’s proposal to buy the £3billion-rated club.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ricketts exit not protest related

    The decision for the Ricketts family to withdraw their bid to buy Chelsea is understood to not be related to fan-protests against them taking control of the club.

    Chicago Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts had partnered with US billionaires Ken Griffin and Dan Gilbert to form a consortium to buy the club.

    But the reason for them pulling out of the running is thought to be due to the three parties failing to reach an agreement on the structure of any potential deal.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ricketts family OUT of running

    The Ricketts family backed group who had been exploring the option of buying Chelsea have released a statement confirming they will NOT be submitting a final bid for the club.

    A statement read: "The Ricketts-Griffin-Gilbert Group has decided, after careful consideration, not to submit a final bid for Chelsea F.C.

    "In the process of finalising their proposal, it became increasingly clear that certain issues could not be addressed given the unusual dynamics around the sales process.

    "We have great admiration for Chelsea and its fans, and we wish the new owners well."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Levi Colwill 'in Chelsea plans'

    Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill will reportedly have a role to play at Stanford Bridge next season.

    The 19-year-old defender has impressed on loan at Championship side Huddersfield.

    And according to 90min, the Blues believe Colwill has "all the attributes" to fight for a place in Thomas Tuchel's side next season.

    The news comes as a blow to Frank Lampard, with the Everton boss claimed to be keen on bringing Colwill to Goodison Park.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    He's not a Kepa

    Reports suggest Juventus are eyeing a swoop for backup Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    The Spaniard has started just four Premier League games this campaign.

    According to Fichajes, Juve are keen on bringing the 27-year-old to Serie A.

    And after his Carabao Cup final shocker, which saw him subbed on for penalties only to save none and miss his own kick, Chelsea could decide the time is right to part ways with the keeper.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Tuchel defends Guehi and Livramento sales

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has stood by the club's decision to sell defenders Marc Guehi and Tino Livramento last summer.

    He revealed: "It’s a decision we took together and we are happy about these decisions

    "You cannot go back and reflect, because at the point where we took the decision it was the right thing to do given the circumstances.

    "For Tino Livramento, for example, we had a plan and we preferred a loan but he saw his future to go and the situation was then better to agree to a sale.

    "For Marc it is a fantastic development and it’s very hard or maybe even impossible to say that if we kept him he would have been better, worse or the same because maybe he needed exactly that.

    "Maybe he needed the change of environment, maybe he needed a different club, maybe he needed a bigger role and more minutes to develop his full potential."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Midfielder move Tchou and go

    Real Madrid are reportedly in pole position to sign Aurelien Tchouameni – dealing Chelsea a huge blow in their pursuit of the Monaco midfielder.

    Chelsea are claimed to have identified the youngster as the long-term successor to his French compatriot and international team-mate N'Golo Kante.

    But according to Spanish outlet AS, Real are determined to secure the signature of the former Bordeaux starlet.

    They state that Tchouameni is getting 'closer and closer' to linking up with Los Blancos with talks between the two parties advancing in recent weeks.

    It has been said that his preference is to join the Bernabeu outfit as Real and Monaco now look to agree on a fee.

    Monaco are understood to value their player at around £54million.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Tuchel – CL exit feels "bitter"

    Thomas Tuchel has revealed the way in which his side went out of the Champions League in midweek "feels a bit bitter".

    The Blues overturned a 3-1 aggregate deficit at Real Madrid to lead 4-3, before being beaten in extra-time at the Bernabeu.

    And Tuchel admitted: "We are all a bit in between. Confidence wise, I think it's a huge boost but it's a disappointment to go out of the Champions League at the quarter-final.

    "Not in a big drama, but it's still a disappointment because we feel we could've been one of the four teams in the semi-final.

    "It was a fantastic performance at the Bernabeu and it stays like this. But it feels a bit bitter. Too many mistakes got punished by individual quality.

    "We've got some training time now before our Sunday match and we will use it to sweat it out and be ready for Sunday."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Lukaku back in Chelsea training

    Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that apart from Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi, he has a full squad to choose from for the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace.

    Romelu Lukaku missed the midweek trip to Real Madrid with an achilles injury, but has since returned to Chelsea training.

    Tuchel said: "Yeah [everyone is okay], except for Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi, everyone seems to be okay.

    "We still have two more trainings to go, so fingers crossed it will stay like this.

    "Romelu was back in training yesterday. Let's see if he has any reaction or not. So, let's see if everyone is okay."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Tuchel in Gallagher apology

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he "apologised" to Conor Gallagher during a chance encounter at a restaurant, with the Blues loanee unable to play in this weekend's FA Cup semi-final.

    The on-loan Palace man is not allowed to play against his parent club, and Tuchel said:

    "I had the chance to talk to Conor, and I could see his frustration.

    "We met some weeks ago after the international break by coincidence in a restaurant.

    "We had a chat, then the subject came up, and I apologised because I know how competitive he is, and I like him a lot and know his character very well.

    He added: "Yeah, it’s the way it is. We play to win the game, and the rules were clear when we made the loan.

    "I can totally understand Patrick Vieira and Conor’s disappointment, but these were the rules and we don’t want to suffer from the rules."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Jorginho in Juve contract demand

    Reports in Italy suggest Jorginho could be on his way back to Serie A this summer, with the midfielder already in talks with Juventus.

    La Gazzetta dello Sport claim the 30-year-old is demanding around £115,00-a-week to sign for the club.

    Jorginho's current Chelsea deal expires in 2023, but sanctions at Stamford Bridge mean he is unable to sign a new deal.

    And the uncertainty at Chelsea as the sale process rumbles on has allowed Juventus the chance to kick off contract discussions.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Butland eyeing FA Cup success

    Chelsea head into Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace as strong favourites, but Eagles keeper Jack Butland is not shirking the challenge.

    Ahead of the London derby at Wenbley, the goalkeeper said on facing Chelsea: "It’s a massive opportunity.

    "Given our performances in the league and against top teams this year, we have shown as a club that we’re not afraid to play the big guns and do well against them.

    "It is what we are. We are not just happy to be here – we’re looking to win every game. That is something that the manager and we as players are determined to do."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Rom in "further PSG discussions"

    Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly set to hold more talks with PSG regarding a potential summer exit.

    The £97.5million man is "gutted" with how his return to Stamford Bridge has played out, according to GiveMeSport.

    And after reports suggested Lukaku was in talks with the French giants earlier this week, it's now claimed he's set to hold further discussions with the club.

    PSG are on the lookout for a new striker, with Kylian Mbappe set to depart in the summer.

    And Blues flop Lukaku could be the man they turn to.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Silva breaks silence after Madrid KO

    Thiago Silva was one of the few Chelsea players not to take to social media immediately after the heartbreaking Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.

    Now though the defender has been able to mull things over, and taken to Twitter and Instagram, admitting the last few days have been "very hard" following the defeat.

    He said: "These last two days have been very hard.

    "Despite the disappointment, I'm very proud of our team, the ability to overcome obstacles and move forward. Come on @ChelseaFC!!

    "We still have a lot of work ahead, always with a lot of courage, determination and respect for this jersey."

  • Alex Terrell

    More on Pagliuca's Chelsea bid

    A source close to the Pagliuca bid told SunSport: "John Terry is a Chelsea icon and is revered to this day as Captain, Leader, Legend in the eyes of the fans.

    "We were grateful to receive the support of the True Blues Consortium and encouraged they have validated our commitment to a compelling bid to buy this great club.

    "We don't take that support lightly — fans are the lifeblood of the club — and we hope to work with the group, with John, and other fan groups."

    Pagliuca, 67, broke his silence on Tuesday to reveal a grand vision for Chelsea if he gets the nod for a takeover.

    He guarantees the club will stay put and redevelop its ground and continue the good work being done by the academy which produced JT in the past.

  • Alex Terrell

    Terry key to Pagliuca bid

    John Terry will play a key role in Steve Pagliuca's bid to become the next Chelsea owner, writes ANDREW DILLON.

    The shy American won the backing of the club's former captain just 24 hours before final offers were submitted yesterday.

    And the Boston Celtics basketball team boss will now tap into the legendary defender's expertise to help win the four-way race to take over from Roman Abramovich.

    Pagliuca is up against fellow Yanks Todd Boehly and Tom Ricketts, plus Brits Lord Seb Coe and Martin Broughton in the battle for Stamford Bridge.

    A preferred bidder could be announced by the middle of next week and a deal completed by the end of the month.

    Terry is part of the True Blues group which has now aligned itself to Pagliuca's proposal to buy the £3billion-rated club.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Bids for Chelsea's takeover have reportedly 'already reached £3billion'.

    It's also claimed three of the four consortiums will make cash-only offers and avoid putting debt on the Blues.

    The Times claim bids led by Chicago Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts and by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly, plus the group fronted by Sir Martin Broughton, confirmed they have enough funding to buy the West Londoners outright.

    But it's not known how the other consortium, spearheaded by Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, are planning to pay.

    Four interested parties made it through to the final bidding round, and they presented their offers to Raine Group, the American bank handling the takeover for departing owner Roman Abramovich.

    Boehly is leading a consortium considered by many to be the frontrunner as he is joined by Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and Dodgers majority owner Mark Walter.

    The Ricketts family are also in the running but have faced strong opposition from supporters.

    Pagliuca is the head of a consortium leading the third bid for the Blues and has brought NBA chief Larry Tanenbaum and club legend John Terry on board.

    The only British bid to make it to the final stage comes from British Airway's chief and former Liverpool chairman Sir Broughton, who is backed by David Blitzer, Josh Harris and World Athletics Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe.

    Meanwhile, departing Chelsea owner Abramovich has had £5.4billion worth of assets frozen in Jersey.

    The UK government sanctioned the Russian last month after Russia’s unjust invasion of Ukraine, with reports suggesting he has a close relationship with president Vladimir Putin.

    That led to Abramovich putting the Blues up for sale as the government handed them a special licence to keep operating.

    Now he has been hit by a freezing order in the Channel Islands while local police also searched premises that are “suspected to be connected” to him on Tuesday.

    Chelsea director Eugene Tenenbaum’s assets have also been frozen by the government.

    Tenenbaum has been penalised in response to Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine as well.

    The 58-year-old has had his assets frozen as well as being subject to transport sanctions.

    That means that any ship or aircraft owned, chartered, controlled or operated by him could be detained if it enters the UK.

    The UK government has also sanctioned David Davidovich, an associate of Abramovich.

    It has been confirmed that he would be subject to an asset freeze, travel ban and transport sanctions.

    The government says both have been sanctioned due to close association with Abramovich

  • Kostas Lianos

    Loftus-Cheek addresses takeover

    Chelsea ace Ruben Loftus-Cheek revealed the team is trying not to think about the club's takeover ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Crystal Palace.

    Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea’s official website: “We try not to think about the off-field things too much to be honest, especially when you have a game of this magnitude to focus on.

    “From now until the end of the season, we’ve got some really big games coming up and we can’t afford to have our minds on other things.

    "We will stay tight as a group and that’s why we are able to focus on the task ahead and putting in strong performances like we’ve shown recently”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Toure talks Rice

    Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has told West Ham star and Chelsea target Declan Rice to join a Champions League team.

    Toure told StadiumAstro: "He's doing fantastically well. Maybe one more season but I think he should go to the first big club, one more step, Champions League team for example.

    "With respect to West Ham, they're doing fantastically well… but if he wants to get on top of it, I think he should go to a Champions League team where he can make more impact.

    "There he's going to improve and there he's going to be top"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ferdinand weighs in

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has defended Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger after the team's Champions League exit to Real Madrid.

    Rudiger reacted explosively at full-time when the Blues crashed out against Real 5-4 on aggregate.

    Ferdinand told BT Sport: "You can’t control it. We’ve all been there after big games, I’ve said and done things that you regret.

    "I hit walls, I ended up kicking people at times.

    "I got done at Chelsea kicking someone by accident, you don’t mean it you just lose your head, you don’t mean anything by it"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Abramovich's two demands

    Departing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has outlined two demands for his successor.

    According to to Football London, Abramovich wants his replacement to be consistent and to ensure that they bring benefit to the surrounding communities.

    The Russian businessman won't make any money from the Blues' sale.

    But he is expected to have a say on who ultimately succeeds him at Stamford Bridge

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea takeover reminder

    Raine Group is overseeing the sale of Chelsea after departing owner Roman Abramovich was sanction by the UK government as a result of Russia's unjust invasion of Ukraine.

    They have now shortlisted four candidates to try and take over from Abramovich.

    Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca and Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts have both made bids.

    A consortium that features Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly is another.

    While another group fronted by former Liverpool and BA chairman Martin Broughton is also part of the four.

    All of them were set for a deadline for final bids to be submitted by today – with three set to bid cash only

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  • Kostas Lianos

    More sanctions announced

    Chelsea director Eugene Tenenbaum’s assets have also been frozen by the UK Government.

    Tenenbaum has been penalised along with departing owner Roman Abramovich in response to Russia's unjust invasion of Ukraine.

    The 58-year-old has had his assets frozen as well as being subject to transport sanctions.

    That means that any ship or aircraft owned, chartered, controlled or operated by him could be detained if it enters the UK.

    The Government has also sanctioned David Davidovich, an associate of Abramovich.

    It has been confirmed that he would be subject to an asset freeze, travel ban and transport sanctions.

    The government says both have been sanctioned due to close association with Abramovich, who has already been sanctioned by Britain

  • Kostas Lianos

    Let's meet the bidders again

    The race to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich is expected to finally come to an end today, with the deadline for final bids set for the end of the day.

    Four interested parties made it through to the final bidding round, and they presented their offers to Raine Group, the American bank handling the takeover for departing owner Roman Abramovich.

    LA Dodgers owner Todd Boehly is leading a consortium considered by many to be the frontrunner as he is joined by Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and Dodgers majority owner Mark Walter.

    The Ricketts family are also in the running but have faced strong opposition from supporters.

    Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca is the head of a consortium leading the third bid for the Blues and has brought NBA chief Larry Tanenbaum and club legend John Terry on board.

    The only British bid to make it to the final stage comes from British Airway's chief and former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton, who is backed by David Blitzer, Josh Harris and World Athletics Chairman Lord Sebastien Coe

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea's clearance begins

    Chelsea have asked the Premier League to commence clearance of all four known bidders.

    That is according to CBS Sports, who claim that the Premier League have been told to 'soft vet' all listed candidates.

    But any formal testing can't take place before a final offer is presented

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