Todd Boehly named as preferred Chelsea bidder whilst Lewis Hamilton looks 'to drop' his bid, Barca eye Lukaku – latest

Todd Boehly named as preferred Chelsea bidder whilst Lewis Hamilton looks 'to drop' his bid, Barca eye Lukaku – latest

AMERICAN billionaire Todd Boehly has been named as the preferred bidder for Chelsea despite a last-gasp £4 billion bid from Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Boehly’s team were told they had been granted a “period of exclusivity” to discuss the final terms and conditions of a takeover package.

Which has reportedly pushed Formula One icon Lewis Hamilton out of the running who had invested around £10 million along with Serena Williams – spearheaded by Sir Martin Broughton.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are eyeing a shocking summer move for out-of-form Blues attacker, Romelu Lukaku.

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

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  • Anthony Chapman

    Good morning Blues fans

    LA Dodgers boss Todd Boehly is set to win the battle to own Chelsea – despite a last-gasp bid by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

    That’s because Boehly’s group has ALREADY been given preferred status by Roman Abramovich’s brokers, the US-based Raine Group,

    Boehly’s team were told they had been granted a “period of exclusivity” to discuss the final terms and conditions of a takeover package.

    And there are no suggestions that Raine are willing to entertain such a rapid change of course, with Ratcliffe simply too late to the party.

    The British billionaire approached Raine this morning and submitted an offer in the area of £4billion.

    The owner of petrochemicals giant, Ineos, met with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a bid for consideration.

    Ratcliffe told The Times: “We put an offer in this morning. 

    “We are the only British bid. Our motives are simply to try and create a very fine club in London. We have no profit motive because we make our money in other ways.”.

    Ratcliffe, a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, wishes to use £1.75bn of his offer in order to upgrade the team and stadium.

    But Boehly’s bid now looks set to be the successful one.

    Elsewhere, Anton Ferdinand has urged West Ham to raid Chelsea for Armando Broja.

    He exclusively told SunSport: "I'd like us to go and get Broja, who's at Southampton on loan from Chelsea.

    "He's exciting. He can finish. He's a powerful young man.

    "Not the same but similar to Antonio in terms of his presence and strength.

    "He's willing to run and occupy two centre-backs and for me personally, he's somebody that West Ham should look to go and get."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Cesar Azpilicueta's incredible trophy haul

    Cesar Azpilicueta looks set to stay for another season at Chelsea.

    During his incredible Stamford Bridge career, the Spaniard has won EVERY club trophy available.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Who is preferred bidder Boehly?

    Todd Boehly is an American mogul who is in pole position to take over Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.

    He is believed to be Raine Group’s preferred bidder, despite a late offer from Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

    But just who is sports investor and billionaire Boehly?

    FIND OUT MORE HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    Barcelona line up Lukaku deal

    Barcelona are reportedly targeting a summer deal for Romelu Lukaku.

    Marca claims the Belgian tops Xavi's list after the Spaniard was priced out of a move for Erling Haaland.

    Chelsea are open to selling Lukaku after his disastrous return.

    And Barcelona could now be set to hand the striker a much-needed reprieve.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Exclusive by SunSport's Joshua Mbu

    Anton Ferdinand has urged West Ham to raid Chelsea for Armando Broja.

    He said: "I'd like us to go and get Broja, who's at Southampton on loan from Chelsea.

    "He's exciting. He can finish. He's a powerful young man.

    "Not the same but similar to Antonio in terms of his presence and strength.

    "He's willing to run and occupy two centre-backs and for me personally, he's somebody that West Ham should look to go and get."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Chelsea predicted XI vs Everton

    Chelsea could be unchanged when they face Everton this weekend.

    The Blues put in a good performance against Man Utd, despite drawing the game 1-1.

    And with no fresh injury blows, Thomas Tuchel could keep things exactly as is.

    Is this how the Blues will line up against Everton?

  • Anthony Chapman

    Exclusive by SunSport’s Joshua Mbu

    Anton Ferdinand has warned Chelsea target and West Ham star Declan Rice off a move to Man Utd.

    He said: "Man Utd isn't the place to go right now. They're going through a massive transitional period.

    "For me personally, if I'm Rice, Man Utd is not a place that I'd be going. I'd wait a few years and see what Ten Hag does.

    “What's the point in leaving West Ham to go somewhere you're not even challenging for a title.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Boehly is Chelsea's preferred bidder

    LA Dodgers boss Todd Boehly is set to win the battle to own Chelsea – despite a last-gasp bid by Jim Ratcliffe.

    That’s because Boehly’s group has ALREADY been given preferred status by Roman Abramovich’s brokers, the US-based Raine Group,

    Boehly’s team were told they had been granted a “period of exclusivity” to discuss the final terms and conditions of a takeover package.

    And there are no suggestions that Raine are willing to entertain such a rapid change of course, with Ratcliffe simply too late to the party.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Hamilton ‘to drop Chelsea bid’

    Lewis Hamilton may be out of the running for Chelsea's takeover just a week after joining the fray.

    Formula One great Hamilton and tennis legend Serena Williams invested around £10million each into a bid spearheaded by Sir Martin Broughton to buy the Blues.

    The Telegraph claims that Broughton may be "out of the running" from the ongoing bidding war after Jim Ratcliffe’s late £4.25bn offer.

    That means the Mercedes superstar, who previously admitted he was bullied into supporting Arsenal, would also out of the equation.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Bakayoko heading back to Bridge

    Chelsea are set to find themselves stuck with Tiemoue Bakayoko again.

    That's because AC Milan will reportedly terminate his loan deal this summer – a YEAR early.

    Nicolo Schira claims Stefano Pioli has stopped picking Bakayoko to avoid triggering a £12.5million permanent deal clause.

    And the Frenchman is so far down the pecking order that Milan would rather boot him out of the San Siro altogether than keep him until 2023.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Who is Chelsea bidder Ratcliffe?

    Chemical engineer Jim Ratcliffe was on the Sunday Times Rich List 2021 with a personal fortune estimated at £6.33billion.

    And the Brit is now leading the race to buy Chelsea after submitting a mega £4bn bid on Friday.

    But just who is the billionaire entrepeneur?

    FIND OUT MORE HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    More on Jim Ratcliffe’s bid

    "We will continue to invest in the team to ensure we have a first class squad of the world's greatest players, coaches and support staff, in the men's and women's games.

    "And we hope to continue to invest in the academy to provide opportunity for talented youngsters to develop into first class players.

    "We believe that London should have a club that reflects the stature of the city. One that is held in the same regard as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich. We intend Chelsea to be that club.

    "We are making this investment as fans of the beautiful game – not as a means to turn a profit. We do that with our core businesses. The club is rooted in its community and its fans. And it is our intention to invest in Chelsea FC for that reason.

    "No further comment will be made from Sir Jim or INEOS during the bidding process."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Full statement on Ratcliffe bid

    "Sir Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of Ineos, has made a formal bid for Chelsea FC, for £4.25bn. £2.5bn is committed to the Charitable Trust to support victims of the war, with £1.75bn committed to investment directly into the club over the next 10 years.

    "This is a British bid, for a British club. We believe that a club is bigger than its owners who are temporary custodians of a great tradition. With responsibility to the fans and the community.

    "That is why we are committing to spending £1.75bn over 10 years that will be for the direct benefit of the club.

    “We will invest in Stamford Bridge to make it a world-class stadium, befitting of Chelsea FC.

    "This will be organic and ongoing so that we will not move away from the home of Chelsea and risk losing the support of loyal fans."

  • Sam Dymond

    Tuchel excited by Lampard meeting

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he is looking forward to finally meeting Frank Lampard when the Blues take on Everton on Sunday, and wants to thank him for the introduction he gave him to life at Stamford Bridge.

    "He sent me a very kind, respectful message after I took over at Chelsea that meant a lot. I was a huge fan of him as a player, and he is – and will remain – a legend at our club," said Tuchel at his press conference ahead of the weekend.

    "We didn't have the chance to go out for lunch, and then he took the chance to take charge of Everton. He took an assistant from us, Joe Edwards, too and we were not so happy! I'm just joking.

    "We will meet some friendly faces [on Sunday] with Joe and Ashley Cole, and Frank, who I have never met in person.

    "We need the points, and they need the points urgently as well. It is an exciting week for me personally. Everybody tells me about the atmosphere at Goodison Park, how emotional and how tough it is to play there."

  • Sam Dymond

    Breaking: Ratcliffe makes £4bn bid for Chelsea

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made a dramatic late bid to buy Chelsea, according to Matt Dickinson at The Times.

    The British billionaire approached Raine Group this morning and submitted an offer in the area of £4billion.

    The owner of petrochemicals giant, Ineos, met with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a bid for consideration.

    “We put an offer in this morning,” Ratcliffe told The Times. “We are the only British bid. Our motives are simply to try and create a very fine club in London. We have no profit motive because we make our money in other ways.”.

    Ratcliffe, a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, wishes to use £1.75bn of his offer in order to upgrade the team and stadium.

  • Sam Dymond

    Winning bid announcement delayed again

    The wait to learn the identity of the new Chelsea owners will go into next week after it was suggested that there is still some confusion as to the allocation of funds from the sale.

    New York Times reporter Tariq Panja tweeted that government have been left frustrated and unsatisfied by the answers to some of their questions.

    Credit: @tariqpanja Twitter
  • Sam Dymond

    Frank-ly depressing fixture for Toffees

    Chelsea return to Premier League action on Sunday – and could strike a dagger through the heart of one of their favourite sons.

    The Blues travel to Everton, now managed by their record goalscorer Frank Lampard, and anything less than a Toffees win will leave the Merseyside club in the relegation zone with five games to play.

    Lampard will become the tenth former Chelsea manager to take charge of a Premier League match against the Blues, and the signs are not good for the 43-year-old.

    Only one of the previous nine former Chelsea bosses has won their first such match (D1 L7),

    The exception is Claudio Ranieri, who won 2-1 with Leicester in December 2015 on his way to winning the title with the Foxes.

  • Sam Dymond

    Cottee: Rice would prefer Chelsea

    Declan Rice's preference would be to join Chelsea, according to one West Ham legend.

    Tony Cottee believes that out of the top clubs tracking the Hammers captain, it is Stamford Bridge that is his most likely destination.

    In a conversation with MyBettingSites, TC said:"I think if you honestly ask him the question, [Declan Rice] would probably prefer to go to Chelsea.

    "Declan was at Chelsea as a youngster, left there at the age of fourteen to sign for West Ham.

    "His best friend is Mason Mount, so there are lots of reasons for him to go to Chelsea."

  • Sam Dymond

    Breaking: Kerr named Footballer of the Year

    Chelsea's Sam Kerr has been named as the Football Writers' Association as Women's Footballer of the Year.

    The Australian has struck 18 goals in 18 appearances in the WSL this season, helping her club to close in on the league title.

    Former Blues player Mo Salah picked up the men's award, the Liverpool ace winning it for the second time.

  • Sam Dymond

    Madrid see James as Real deal

    Real Madrid are at the front of a pack of European clubs hoping to land Chelsea star Reece James.

    Nizaar Kinsella understands that the Spanish giants have already spoken to the player's representatives about bringing the wing-back to the Bernabeu.

    Naturally, the Blues hope to keep their England star happy at the Bridge, and are keen to extend his contract that currently runs until 2025.

    However, James is one of the lowest-paid players at the clubs, and could well be tempted by a bumper deal with one of the biggest clubs in the game.

    It is suggested that Real would prefer to do a deal for the defender in 2023 so as to concentrate on attacking areas this summer.

  • Sam Dymond

    Boehly bid leading the charge

    The bid headed by LA Dodgers owner Todd Boehly is in the lead to buy Chelsea.

    Sources close to the consortium have told the Daily Mail that they expect their offer for the football club to be announced as the approved option in the coming days.

    However, those involved with the rival bids of Sir Martin Broughton and Steve Pagliuca have not given up hope, and hope to convince Raine Group before a final decision is made.

    It was revealed yesterday that the three bidders have been asked to stump up an extra £500million in order to help boost a £1billion charitable donation to be made upon the sale of the Stamford Bridge outfit.

  • Sam Dymond

    Roy so keen on James

    Former Manchester United star Roy Keane believes that Chelsea are lucky to have a player of Reece James' ability.

    The Irishman, speaking in his role as pundit for Sky Sports, revealed himself to be a huge fan of the defender following last night's 1-1 draw between his former club and the Blues at Old Trafford.

    "What a player Reece James is,” said Keane during the analysis of the game.

    “He looks like a boxer. His distribution, movement, strength. He seems like a nice kid too. He’s a clever lad, could play in any position.

    “Chelsea are a lucky club to have him. Outstanding.”

    James picked up the Man of the Match award for his performance during the Premier League encounter.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Thomas Tuchel's men played out a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

    Marcos Alonso handed Chelsea the lead with a striker's finish.

    But Cristiano Ronaldo equalised minutes later to share the points.

    Antonio Rudiger is edging closer to his Real Madrid free transfer with his medical being planned for the next few days, according to reports.

    The Chelsea defender’s Stamford Bridge contract expires this summer.

    And after Thomas Tuchel confirmed he would not be signing an extension, it is widely expected the centre-back will join Real for free.

    Former Chelsea and Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has said that Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba doesn’t have “the character to suit either Liverpool or Chelsea.”

    And finally, the three prospective owners of Chelsea have been asked to increase their offers by £500million by outgoing billionaire Roman Abramovich.

    Martin Kleinman at Sky News reports that the Russian owner is demanding the additional money to help augment a £1billion charitable donation to be made upon the sale of the football club.

    The increase in price effectively guarantees "a minimum headline price for the club of £2.5billion."

  • Joshua Mbu

    Chelsea verdict

    Chelsea suffered yet more dejavu as they dominated Manchester United but paid the price for lacking a goalscorer. 

    Kai Havertz, signed for over £70million from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020, missed two golden chances in the first half at Old Trafford.

    The German is not an out and out striker but has led the line well at times for the Blues this season. 

    But his squandered chances in Manchester prove Chelsea are still being haunted by a lack of clinical finishing. 

    Last year's Champions League winners might have thought they had solved that problem after signing Romelu Lukaku in the summer. 

    But the club-record £97.5million signing is edging towards a second flop spell at Stamford Bridge.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘I hope Ten Hag is watching’

    A deflated Gary Neville didn’t hold back in his assessment of Manchester United during their 1-1 draw with Chelsea. 

    The Red Devils legend tore into Ralf Rangnick’s flops, slamming the players as “embarrassing” despite the two teams sharing the points.

    Neville blasted: “Man United are the type of team for any football fan watching that you almost want to get beat.

    “They need beating, they set a really poor example around work ethic and trying – and all the things that parents and teachers tell their children every single day.”

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