Here are all your latest football.london Chelsea headlines on Thursday, March 17.
Paul Pogba sends Chelsea contract hint
The Manchester United midfielder has labeled his international teammate N’Golo Kante as the second most difficult midfielder he has faced behind former Liverpool man Emre Can. With Kante’s contract set to expire at the end of next season, these comments have come as a timely reminder to Marina Granovskaia and potential new owners of the importance the £ 45m rated man, as per Transfermarkt, is to any future successes of Chelsea who are set to enter a new era without Roman Abramovich.
“Emre Can, Emre Can, yeah. We obviously have N’Golo and everything, but one day I remember I had a big battle with Emre Can, “Pogba told FootballJoe when asked of his toughest opponent.” But with Kante, you pass him and you think there’s another N’Golo because he comes back so fast. “
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Boris Johnson delivers Saudi Arabia ‘approval’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given his indirect approval to Saudi Media’s Chelsea takeover bid by talking about building a relationship between the UK and Middle Eastern partners.
This follows on from sports minister Nigel Huddleston’s recent claim about Saudi Arabia that will boost Saudi Media’s hopes of a £ 2.7billion bid to takeover from Roman Abramovich ahead of Friday’s deadline for offers to be submitted to US investment bank Raine Group.
Saudi Media, which is run by Mohamed Alkhereiji, says that it has no direct involvement with the Saudi state but earlier this week CBS Sports claimed that there is support in finding funding and partners (but not financial backing) from Mohammed bin Khalid Al Saud. Any direct involvement from Al Saud would lead to a conflict of interest that would not pass the Premier League’s Owners ‘and Directors’ Test because a group run by the Saudi state is already in charge at Newcastle United.
However, the consortium will be encouraged by what has been said by Johnson and Huddleston regarding the relationship the UK is trying to build with Saudi Arabia and the need for it to continue in a strong matter in the near and long-term future.
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Potential new Chelsea owner identified
The Ricketts Family, owners of the Chicago Cubs baseball club, are the latest to confirm that they plan to bid for Chelsea after linking up with billionaire hedge fund controller Ken Griffin.
As first reported by Sky News, the Ricketts family will submit an offer to buy the club ahead of Friday’s deadline. Raine Group, the US bank, is overseeing the sale process and will evaluate the best offers before approaching government to have the terms of Chelsea’s special operating license amended to allow a sale.
Yesterday football.london revealed that the government will not actively choose a preferred bid once they have received proof that the disqualified owner Roman Abramovich does not receive any money from the transaction. Once those expectations are met and the terms of the license are changed, the prospective buyer will need to pass the Premier League’s Owners ‘and Directors’ Test.
Griffin, 53 and from Florida, runs Citadel Asset Management, a group that had previously been in talks with property developer Nick Candy about a separate bid. According to Forbes he is worth an estimated $ 26.5billion (£ 20.2billion).
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