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Todd Boehly ready to take control of two Chelsea transfers after Marina Granovskaia exit

Chelsea’s changing of the guard will continue next week with chairman Bruce Buck set to step down and co-owner Todd Boehly poised to succeed him.

Marina Granovskaia, the Blues’ hugely experienced chief negotiator, is set to follow in a massive change of direction for the club following the exit of Roman Abramovich. That could see Boelhy assuming control of the push to land Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and Sevilla’s impressive France centre-back Jules Kounde this summer.

Chelsea are expected to clarify the situation – and the composition of the club’s new board – within the next few days. But it represents a period of upheaval at the club with Thomas Tuchel desperate to reshape the squad for a title challenge next season. Buck became chairman when Abramovich bought the club in 2003. He’d been expected to stay on after the Boehly-led consortium took over last month.

Instead he will now support the club as a ‘senior adviser’. “Now is the right time to step down and let new ownership build on the strong foundations we have in place,” he said. “The owners have a compelling vision for Chelsea’s future, and I look forward to helping them achieve it in this new role alongside our incredible staff, players, coaches and supporters.”

During Buck’s chairmanship, Chelsea lifted 18 major honours with the women’s team winning 12. Boehly praised Buck for leading “Chelsea Football Club to the highest levels of international and domestic football” and thanked him for “his service and his commitment to the club”.

Granovskaia is one of the most influential club directors in world football. She arrived in 2010, joined Chelsea’s board in 2013 and quickly established a reputation as a ruthless negotiator in dealing with player contracts and transfer business. Last year, she was named the ‘Best Club Director in European football’ at the Golden Boy awards, underlining her importance to the club.

Should she stay until the end of this transfer window she will have her hands full with Chelsea desperate to recruit the quality to replace the big names that have left the club. Should Boelhy take over he will face baptism of footballing transfer fire with a raft of deals to broker and conclude in time for Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the USA.

Sterling is on course for a £60million move to Stamford Bridge after seven years at the Etihad. As revealed yesterday by Mirror Sport, The England forward’s move is set to follow the loan exit of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan after a nightmare season at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian, who left Chelsea to join Everton for £28m in 2014, returned for a club-record fee last August on a five-year deal. But the move went sour. Chelsea also hope to complete deals for Kounde and Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss to provide experienced cover for Reece James.

The west Londoners are also hoping to tie the likes of James, Mason Mount, N’golo Kante and Jorginho to new deals with their contracts expiring and rival clubs circling them all. Chelsea are desperate to prevent any further departures on free transfers after they were powerless to stop Antonio Rudiger from joining Real Madrid on Monday and Danish defender Andreas Christensen joining Barcelona.

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Thomas Tuchel set for £173m transfer windfall if Marina Granovskaia sells seven Chelsea players

Chelsea’s next few months will be dramatic, as head coach Thomas Tuchel is expected to make big changes to the team’s squad. The Blues are expected to part ways with a huge number of players before to the start of the 2022–2023 season as they prepare for a new era of play under Todd Boehly’s ownership.

Tuchel has said that he wants to begin a genuine title campaign next season in order to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool. Even if the summer transfer window is projected to be one of the busiest in the club’s recent history, some substantial surgery within the squad will be necessary before it can even be considered a realistic possibility.

Many players are said to be considering leaving their present clubs, with some vying for playing time while others approaching the end of their contracts. In light of the aforementioned facts, we’ll now look at how the Blues might accumulate financial resources to assist Tuchel’s transfer market actions.

Goalkeepers

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been the team’s backup goalkeeper in the goalkeeping position since Edouard Mendy joined the club in the summer of 2020. Kepa’s failure to get into Tuchel’s plans as a consequence of Mendy’s excellent form has made it almost impossible for him to do so, and the fact that he hasn’t received any playing time implies that he may look for a route out of Chelsea this summer.

At 27 years old, the Spaniard is still young and should have plenty of time remaining in his career to fulfil his full potential. Kepa’s name has been mentioned in connection with a prospective move to Newcastle United or a return to his homeland of Spain.

Kepa funds: £12.8million

Defenders

Marcos Alonso, the captain of Chelsea FC, may opt to quit the club in the coming months after almost six years with the club. Due to Ben Chilwell’s injury during the previous season, Tuchel relied heavily on the left defender, who is now 31 years old.

However, given that Chilwell is expected to be the team’s first-choice left wing-back when the new season starts, Alonso may attempt to leave the club this summer. The Spaniard, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in little over a year, has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona. His current contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in a little over a year.

In a similar vein, Cesar Azpilicueta is about to reach the last year of his Chelsea deal. According to football.london, the Blues captain will be granted permission to leave the club during the summer provided a suitable offer is submitted.

Alonso and Azpilicueta funds:£25.7m

Midfielders

Jorginho seems to be on his way out of Chelsea in the coming months, as has been the case practically every summer during this transfer window. Juventus is reportedly interested in acquiring the Italy international player, whose current contract with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2023.

His manager, Joao Santos, recently revealed that his client had a “dream” of returning to Italy one day. In an interview released by Football Italia, Santos said the following: “Despite his ambitions to play in Serie A, he will retain his heart in Italy. He has the option to play for four or five different clubs at this moment, including Milan, Inter, Juventus, Roma, or Napoli.”

Ross Barkley, who is 28 years old and has just over a year left on his Chelsea contract, only played six Premier League games for the Blues last season. As a consequence, Barkley may decide to leave the club permanently in the summer. Tuchel has made it clear that he does not want Barkley on his squad, thus the former Everton midfielder will be free to go.

Jorginho and Barkley funds: £31.7m

Attackers

Timo Werner, a lightning-quick German forward, had yet another unsuccessful season at Chelsea in his second season. Now that the summer transfer window is approaching, the former RB Leipzig star player could begin searching for a route out of what has been a personal nightmare so far.

Werner’s name has been mentioned in relation to a potential move to Borussia Dortmund. A loan move may be the most viable alternative for Chelsea, who are eager to retrieve as much of the almost fifty million pounds they paid on him for his services as possible.

With Romelu Lukaku, a situation quite similar to that exists. According to football.london, Lukaku and his agent have been exploring a possible return to Inter Milan. Lukaku is currently a member of Everton.

The Italian club will not be able to afford to sign Lukaku to a permanent contract since Chelsea is asking for a sum equal to the $97.5 million they spent for him last year. Bayern Munich, the German champions, have been linked with a move for the Belgian striker in recent days. This comes as Robert Lewandowski seems to be on his way out of the club.

Werner and Lukaku funds: £102.9m

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19 Chelsea players awaiting Thomas Tuchel and Marina Granovskaia’s final transfer verdict

The summer transfer window will mark a new chapter for Chelsea Football Club as Roman Abramovich sells the club to LA Dodgers owner Todd Boehly.

Boehly’s attempt to buy Chelsea from Abramovich was approved after Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government earlier this year.

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after not signing contract extensions.

How many more players will leave before the summer transfer window closes? Here are 19 Chelsea players whose fates must be determined in the next weeks and months.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea for a then-record £71.6million in 2018, but he’s played only 11 Premier League games in the previous two seasons. He’s been replaced by Edouard Mendy. With Tuchel continuing to prefer Mendy above Kepa in cup fixtures, the Blues may want to cash in on the Spaniard and invest in a new second-choice keeper.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta has won everything at Chelsea, but his future is questionable. The 32-year-old defender has only one year remaining on his contract after a clause was activated earlier this year. He is the first player in Chelsea history to win every championship for the club.

Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu played the season on loan with Venezia in Serie A, however, they were relegated. Last season, he was loaned to Sheffield United and demoted. Ampadu can play centre-back and central midfield, but he hasn’t featured for Chelsea in three seasons, signaling a departure.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Jake Clarke-Salter has spent the past three seasons on loan at Coventry and Birmingham. His contract at Stamford Bridge ends this season, and rumours in March stated Coventry had offered him a long-term agreement.

Malang Sarr

Centre-back French Malang Sarr has played 20 times for Chelsea this season, but just seven in the Premier League. Sarr is low in the pecking order but may receive more playing time next season with Rudiger and Christensen leaving.

Matt Miazga

Matt Miazga has spent six seasons on loan from Chelsea with Vitesse Arnhem, Nantes, Reading, Anderlecht, and Alaves. Next year, his contract ends, so Chelsea may want to cash in. The 26-year-old defender’s future at Chelsea appears doubtful.

Baba Rahman

Left-back Danny Drinkwater and Baba Rahman are both on loan at Reading from Chelsea. The Ghanaian international’s contract ends this summer and a new agreement seems improbable.

Juan Castillo

Juan Castillo has left the Blues on loan six times despite being only 22. Loans at Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic have struggled this season. His contract expires this summer, and given his troubles in the EFL, he may go on.

Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso scored in Thursday’s 1-1 tie with Leicester City. Alonso is the second choice behind Ben Chilwell, who has missed six months due to injury.

Emerson

Emerson has played only three Premier League games in the previous two seasons and is on loan at Lyon. Chelsea tried to sign him in January as injury insurance for Chilwell but failed. If Alonso leaves, Emerson might replace Chilwell if he leaves.

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko rejoined AC Milan on loan following three seasons with Monaco and Napoli. While the contract included an option to buy permanently, his lack of playing time may imply a transfer elsewhere. Unlikely at Chelsea.

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater and Bakayoko are Antonio Conte’s unsuccessful acquisitions. Poor loan experiences at Burnley, Aston Villa, and Kasimpasa derailed Drinkwater’s career, but he’s helped Reading escape relegation. His contract ends this summer, so it’s better if he starts over somewhere.

Conor Gallagher

Connor Gallager has been Chelsea’s best loanee this season. The midfielder has been one of Crystal Palace’s top performers this season and has made the England team. Tuchel has suggested he might join his team if he performs well next season.

Billy Gilmour

Last summer, Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour moved on loan to Norwich City. Only 20, he still has potential to grow and improve, however, he failed to assist Norwich escape relegation during a loan term.

Saul Niguez

The Spanish midfielder is on loan at Chelsea from Atletico Madrid. His lack of playing time makes a permanent transfer difficult. He’s played nine league matches this season, including as a left wing-back owing to Blues’ limitations, although he’s well down the midfield pecking order.

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley played four years with Chelsea and made 57 league games, nearly half under Maurizio Sarri. Gallagher has a better chance of a long-term future at Chelsea than N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. His contract expires next year.

Kenedy

Kenedy has been at Chelsea for seven years but has only played 15 league games. He spent the first half of this season on loan at Flamengo. He returned to the Blues midseason to offer cover, however, both of his outings have been in the FA Cup.

Armando Broja

Armando Broja spent the season on loan with Southampton. The Albanian attacker began the season strongly, scoring nine goals in 38 outings, but he hasn’t scored in 13 Premier League games. Like Gallagher, he’ll start next season.

Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi scored 14 goals in 32 league appearances on loan with Besiktas in Turkey. The Belgian’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires next summer, behind Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner.

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Chelsea ‘very interested’ in signing – Granovskaia working on deal, meeting held in London

It was claimed on May 3 by Mundo Deportivo that César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, both of whom play for Chelsea, are both ‘seduced by the prospect’ of completing a transfer to Barcelona in the summer.

The two Blues players are featured on the front page of today’s issue of Sport, and the words “negotiating final” are emphasized there. According to the contents of the article, the La Liga club is now engaging in discussions with the intention of “closing” the signing of the two fullbacks.

Both of the players’ contracts are set to expire in 2023, and Chelsea is demanding compensation in exchange for allowing them to depart Stamford Bridge at the conclusion of this season. The club in west London are also reportedly “ready to discuss a player exchange deal without there being any money involved.”

Even if the Premier League club announced earlier this month that they are going to receive new owners, Marina Granovskaia’s status at Stamford Bridge has not been affected in any way by this development. She is in charge of handling the discussions with the Catalan club, according to the sport.

Although Granovskaia wants money to let both Azpilicueta and Alonso depart, Chelsea is looking into prospective exchange agreements with Barcelona. These deals would include the players swapping teams. Sergio Dest enters the picture at this point due to the fact that Thomas Tuchel’s club is reportedly “extremely interested” in signing him.

It is said that Tuchel intended to sign the player during the summer of 2017, but only on a loan basis from Ajax. The champions of the FIFA Club World Cup will be offered a fresh chance in the next window, providing that they can come to terms with the Americans. Staying put at the Camp Nou is now the top priority for Dest.

Mateu Alemany, the head of business operations at Barcelona, has previously been to London to meet with Granovskaia on a potential partnership between the two teams.

The camp led by Xavi continues to be optimistic that they will be able to reach agreements about Azpilicueta and Alonso. It is still unknown whether or not Dest, who has a price tag of €20 million, will be included in the transaction. In addition to him, Chelsea would be open to negotiations about Neto, the goalkeeper for Barcelona.

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The UK Government’s stance on two key Chelsea directors unclear amid Todd Boehly takeover worry

According to reports, the United Kingdom government may still need vital Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck information before giving the ultimate green light to Todd Boehly’s planned purchase of the company despite the ongoing investigation.

On May 7, a watershed moment in the history of Chelsea FC occurred when it was reported at 1am that the buyout proposal from Boehly’s group had been approved, subject to the approval of the Government and the Premier League, as part of a conditional agreement.

The following was said in the statement: “It has been confirmed by Chelsea Football Club that terms have been agreed upon for a new ownership group to buy the Club, headed by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, as well as Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss.

“Of the total investment being made, £2.5bn will be applied to purchase the shares in the Club and such proceeds will be deposited into a frozen UK bank account with the intention to donate 100% to charitable causes as confirmed by Roman Abramovich. UK Government approval will be required for the proceeds to be transferred from the frozen UK bank account. In addition, the proposed new owners will commit £1.75bn in further investment for the benefit of the Club. This includes investments in Stamford Bridge, the Academy, the Women’s Team and Kingsmeadow and continued funding for the Chelsea Foundation.

“The sale is expected to complete in late May subject to all necessary regulatory approvals. More details will be provided at that time.” Hours later, Boehly attended Chelsea vs Wolves and had to witness problems continue mounting up on the pitch for Thomas Tuchel as his preferred backline collapsed late on as Trincao and Conor Coady left Stamford Bridge in stunned silence.

Despite the fact that the American and some members of his consortium are anticipated to attend critical games for the rest of the season, especially with the FA Cup just around the horizon, his group still has some work to do off the field in order to finalise the entire acquisition of the club. Despite the fact that the details have been agreed upon, the transaction must be approved by the UK government.

According to The Telegraph, the Government is still not satisfied that Roman Abramovich would not profit financially from the sale of Chelsea, and there are also reservations about Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia continuing at the club after the deal is done, according to the newspaper.

Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports, on the other hand, does not see any serious issues in the near future.
He posted the following on his Twitter account, @JacobsBen: “If Buck and Granovskaia remain at Chelsea, the government will not intervene in the sale of the club. Julian Knight, the leader of the DCMS committee, has said that the pair’s continued existence would be ‘an disturbing development.’ Their departure, however, cannot be enforced since neither has been sanctioned in collaboration with Abramovich.

“Clearlake-Boehly, like other suitors, expressed a desire to keep both during bidding process. That’s unsurprising since telling key executives you won’t keep them in a job isn’t wise when pitching. Preference remains for Buck & Granovskaia to at least be part of the transition.” Interestingly enough though, he didn’t rule out the possibility that both leave in the future once the transition in ownership change stabilises.

He added in his Twitter thread: “From there onwards, their long-term future hasn’t been discussed in significant detail. It’s also a two-way conversation since it remains unclear if Buck or Granovskaia actually want to stay. The government could only insist on the pair’s removal if they could prove Abramovich could still influence the club through them or receive money. It’s logical some ministers are uncomfortable with their presence and they could yet depart. These are discussions for coming weeks.

“But the point is, should Clearlake-Boehly wish to keep them, there is really very little the government can do unless they can convince (not demand) Clearlake-Boehly or prove they are facilitating a benefit to Abramovich via the club. Discussions next week will be less about the pair and more about the specifics of the new Foundation. Abramovich claims government have always been kept in the loop on it via an independent advisors. Plans are still developing.

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Report: What all three of the potential new Chelsea owners have now told Granovskaia and Bruce Buck

Several sources have said that Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia have received assurances from all three prospective new Chelsea owners that their positions are safe.

Following meetings with club management before of last Friday’s final deadline for bids, the Evening Standard reports that each of the remaining bidders brought up Buck and Granovskaia’s stances.

It is almost probable that everyone affiliated with Chelsea will be thinking about occupational security while waiting for the name of Roman Abramovich’s successor to be announced.

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Once one of Todd Boehly, Stephen Pagliuca, or Sir Martin Broughton assumes the reins, a massive rearrangement from the top to the bottom is very certain to occur.

It is possible that staff members will be replaced with people who are better acquainted with the applicants.

They will almost certainly want to sprinkle Stamford Bridge with a sprinkling of their most trusted close friends and family members.But in order to avoid deconstructing the whole system, Boehly, Pagliuca, and Broughton seem to be on the same page in terms of one point of view.

The whole scheme might come crashing down if Granovskaia and Buck are not present.

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Marina and her Chelsea’s diamonds

According to the Evening Standard, both of Chelsea’s top figures are highly respected by the candidates still in the race to become the club’s next owner.

Granovskaia’s football knowledge and experience, particularly in the transfer market, will undoubtedly be put to good use in order to enhance Thomas Tuchel’s team.

Not only that, but she also wants to make money for the organisation by selling players, as she did so effectively last summer when she sold Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi, and Tino Livramento for a profit.

Buck, on the other hand, is reportedly ‘viewed as critical to ensuring a seamless transition’ after Abramovich’s fiefdom has been completely transferred.

The 76-year-old took over as Chairman of Chelsea in 2004 and has a thorough understanding of the club’s inner workings than others.

While he and Granovskaia seem to be sticking around for the new dawn, the same cannot be said for the vast majority of those working below the level of the board of directors.

Please remember all of the matchday employees, grounds crew members, and those working behind the scenes, who will naturally be fearful of the worst happening.

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All four Chelsea bidders make decision on key club official’s future

One of the most important choices that any new Chelsea owner will have to make as soon as they take possession of the club’s stadium will be dependent on which existing players they want to maintain and which ones they intend to let go.

Were they planning on moving into a new building with a brand-new boardroom and team of employees?
Or will they take a look at it and see how it is now being managed and decide that they do not want to alter a single thing?

We will soon find out, of course, but according to The Athletic, one club official who they all want to retain is director Marina Granovskaia, who is now on paid administrative leave.

There is a claim that all four bidders for the club have stated a wish to maintain Granovskaia at Chelsea as long as the club is under their control.

She will not make a decision until Chelsea have been sold, and her decision will be based on their offers as well as her own ambitions.

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Report: Player had agreement with Granovskaia to leave Chelsea this summer, but new owners could change that

The Chelsea skipper, Cesar Azpilicueta, allegedly had an agreement with Marina Granovskaia on his departure from the club before the search for a new owner started.

It was reported by the Associated Press that Azpilicueta and the club’s director had struck a deal in which he would be permitted to say goodbye to the Blues at his discretion.

That is, until Roman Abramovich decided to put his empire up for sale, only to be sanctioned by the United Kingdom government as a result of his actions.

All transfer decisions will now be made by the Russian’s successor, which means that the agreement reached between Azpilicueta and Granovskaia will be passed on to the next person in charge.

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Chelsea have already taken steps to ensure that their captain will remain with the club for another season, by unilaterally extending his contract until 2023.

 

He was reaching the conclusion of his contract, but Chelsea took some of the decision-making power away from him.

He might yet say goodbye to Chelsea this summer after a decade of solid service, with Barcelona reportedly interested in acquiring various stars from Stamford Bridge this summer
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Nevertheless, Abramovich’s successor may decide to renege on the agreement Azpilicueta reached with Granovskaia, leaving him with little option but to stay for at least one more season.

Azpi is a real professional in every way.

It seems that Azpilicueta will not be forced to move away from South West London, regardless of the circumstances surrounding his departure from the club.

It would be unreasonable to expect anything less from the defender who has practically won it all during his time as Chelsea’s captain.

If he is forced to go, he will do so without a fuss or a fight, but he will not do so without a heartfelt farewell.

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Since his transfer from Marseille to the European champions in 2012, ‘Dave’ has performed well for them.

The 32-year-old has appeared in more than 300 games, won a number of trophies, and played in almost as many positions.

Azpilicueta’s dedication will never be called into question, despite the fact that his legs are beginning to tire.

While we don’t want the voyage to come to an end just yet, we understand that all wonderful things must come to an end at some point.

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Report: What football insiders are now saying about Marina Granovskaia, as Chelsea takeover continues to develop

In the business world, there is widespread agreement that the incoming Chelsea ownership would be wise to make every effort to keep the club’s current director, Marina Granovskaia, on the payroll for as long as feasible.

An overwhelming majority of people believe that the bidders who succeed in their pursuit of Chelsea must keep Granovskaia in her current role as manager, according to an article in The Athletic.

According to the report, however, many people anticipate that the 47-year-old would call time on her association with the London club in the near future.

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When Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sells the club, Granovskaia’s time at Stamford Bridge may come to an end as a result of her long-standing relationship with the present club’s owner.

It goes without saying that the development of the Chelsea takeover narrative is largely focused with which potential investors will be successful in their effort to purchase the football club.

According to rumors, there are four groups competing for a spot on the final roster.

However, it is critical to understand how the board of directors may evolve as a result of Abramovich’s departure. A substantial role in the selection of new owners is expected to be played by Granovskaia, who is expected to work with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck. Whether the London club will still be open in a few months is up in the air at this point.

After everything is said and done, it will be intriguing to see how Chelsea fare on the transfer market if Granovskaia does really depart the club. She has had a positive impact on transfers and off-field activities in general, and she has had a particularly positive impact in recent years.

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Chelsea fear Petr Cech, Marina Granovskaia & Bruce Buck could leave after club sale

Chelsea fears that if Roman Abramovich sells the club, key figures like Petr Cech, Marina Granovskaia, and Bruce Buck may go.

It’s unclear if the present hierarchy will remain intact under new management after Abramovich declared his intention to sell Chelsea.

Granovskaia is the closest to Abramovich. Granovskaia moved to London to aid with the takeover in 2003 and joined the board 10 years later.

It’s unknown whether she’ll stay once Abramovich leaves, and The Athletic reports that Granovskaia might be one of several high-profile exits from Stamford Bridge.

Granovskaia works closely with Bruce Buck, who helped Abramovich acquire Chelsea. They perform most of Abramovich’s job, although their duties may change if the new owners hire their own personnel.

Cech, who retired in 2019 and become a club director, may also be pushed out.

Thomas Tuchel, the first-team manager, has already expressed his wish to continue at the club following its sale, calling Chelsea his ‘ideal fit’.

Tuchel also revealed that he intends to keep working with Cech and Granovskaia, but that he can form new bonds with whoever replaces them.