Todd Boehly 'to SLASH Chelsea transfer spending', Koulibaly 'offered to Blues for £30m' – latest updates

CHELSEA have AGREED terms on the £4.25bn sale of the club to Todd Boehly.

The American billionaire is also the owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team, and leads the consortium.

However, the American will reportedly cut transfer spending while retaining the same insatiable demand for trophies as Roman Abramovich had.

One man who could join in the summer is AFCON-winning Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly, who has reportedly been offered to the Blues for £30m.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been left frustrated that the sanctions placed on the club have restricted their transfer pursuit of Erling Haaland.

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  • James Colasanti

    Gunners ‘renew interest in Arthur’

    Arsenal have re-ignited their interest in signing Juventus midfielder Arthur, according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato.

    But a sticking point could be that Juve value their Brazil star at £34million, while the Gunners want to do business for about £21m.

  • James Colasanti

    United blow in Laimer chase

    Manchester Unite face competition from Bayern Munich in their pursuit of Konrad Laimer, according to reports.

    The Red Devils have been tracking the RB Leipzig midfielder, 24, who could fill the void if Paul Pogba leaves Old Trafford as expected.

    But Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Bayern are lining up a £15million bid that could extend to £17m, and their boss Julian Nagelsmann is “pushing” for his side to sign Laimer from his old team.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Leicester join £40m Gleison hunt

    Chelsea could face a £40million battle with Leicester for Torino centre-back Gleison Bremer.

    Foxes’ boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly considering let the Serie a side keep loan midfielder Dennis Praet in part-exchange for the Brazilian.

    SunSport understands Leicester officials met with their Torino counterparts in Italy last week to try to thrash out a deal.

    And it’s understood Chelsea have been watching Bremer – as a potential replacement for outgoing Antonio Rudiger.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Marc-elona?

    Barcelona’s interest in Marcos Alonso is reportedly hotting up.

    The Chelsea left-back is rated a priority recruit for the Spanish giants this summer.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano believes Barca are firming up their pursuit of the seven-cap Spain star, 31.

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has England ace Ben Chilwell returning to fitness in the same position.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Koul should be hot Chelsea target

    Ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba believes Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly should be a priority target under incoming owner Todd Boehly.

    Area Napoli claim Koulibaly’s agent Fali Ramadani has offered the £30million-rated Senegal star to the Blues.

    Barcelona are also said to be keen on the 30-year-old, who has previously been linked to Manchester United

    Area Napoli suggest Ramadani reckons Chelsea offer Koulibaly the best combination of pay packet and Champions League football.

    And asked if Chelsea should step up their Koulibaly hunt, Ba said: “One hundred per cent. One thousand per cent.

    “He has that stature. He can support pressure, bear in mind he plays for Senegal and plays for Napoli. 

    “He can handle the pressure. He’s good as a football player and a top lad.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    It's Rudi difficult

    Antonio Rudiger’s expected summer exit is 'affecting' Chelsea on the pitch, boss Thomas Tuchel claims.

    Rudiger and Tuchel himself have all but confirmed the defender will leave when his contract esxpires.

    And Tuchel revealed: “It surely affects the team, but I cannot tell you to which degree. The longer the situation goes (on), now it has a huge affect because Toni leaves us in the middle the process where we are sanctioned and could not even fight, could not do another offer, could not be in negotiations.”

    “It clearly has an affect, and it makes not so much sense to deny it; we lose now one of our key players.

    "This decision has an effect on the dressing room because Toni is not isolating when he’s here at Cobham and does not talk to anyone, so he is a huge part; he is a leader, and, of course, the situation is like that.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Survival was Tuch and go

    Thomas Tuchel could barely look as Chelsea's Under-23s secured their Premier League 2 safety with a late comeback win against Tottenham, writes JAKE LAMBOURNE.

    The Blues went into the last match of the PL2 season at Kingsmeadow knowing only three points would see them avoid relegation.

    It was a strong Chelsea line-up, with first-teamers Malang Sarr and Trevor Chalobah adding experience.

    After a flat first-half, Spurs took the lead through Kion Etete just before the hour mark.

    It proved to be too much for German gaffer Tuchel, who was watching through his hands as the U23s searched for a goal.

    And with the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Mason Mount watching on, Chelsea finally got back on level terms in the 82nd minute.

    Dion Rankine tapped home after getting on the end of a low cross from Lewis Hall. The comeback was complete in the 88th minute after Joe Haigh bundled the ball home to spark wild scenes from the jubilant Blues' players.

    Chelsea's victory condemned Leeds to be relegated from the PL2 first division, with Derby also dropping down. For the second year in a row, Manchester City have won Premier League 2, with West Ham and Arsenal following behind.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Barca 'step up Alonso hunt'

    Barcelona's interest in Marcos Alonso is reportedly hotting up.

    The Chelsea left-back is rated a priority recruit for the Spanish giants this summer.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano believes Barca are firming up their pursuit of the seven-cap Spain star, 31.

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has England ace Ben Chilwell returning to fitness in the same position.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Leipzig fight to keep Chelsea target Nkunku

    RB Leipzig will fight to keep Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal target Christopher Nkunku.

    That's the claim this evening as AC Milan, Bayern Munich and former club Paris Saint-Germain also eye the France midfielder, 24.

    Despite  L'Equipe suggesting last week that Nkunku has privately revealed he is interested in moving on this summer, reports today insist Leipzig believe they can keep him.

    Publicly at least, the twice-capped star says he is happy in Germany and could stay for the final two years of his contract.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nev defends claim Conte shouldn't boss Utd

    Gary Neville has ferociously defended his claim that ex-Chelsea chief Antonio Conte is not right for Manchester United amid criticism from Jamie Carragher.

    It comes after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he doesn't like the kind of football Conte's Tottenham team play following their 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday.

    The Reds boss said: "I'm sorry I'm the wrong person for that, I don't like this kind of football. But that's my personal problem.

    "I think they're world class, and I think they should do more for the game. I think the game against Liverpool they had 36, 38 per cent possession. But it's my problem. I cannot coach it. So that's why I cannot do it.

    "So yes, world class players block all the balls, really difficult. Atletico Madrid is doing it. Fine, they won whatever.

    "Fine, absolutely fine. I just can't. I respect everything they do, but it's not me."

    Conte was touted for the Manchester United job last year but the Red Devils opted to stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a few more matches. The Italian then chose to join Tottenham instead, while Man Utd sacked Solskjaer and appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim boss.

    Old Trafford legend Neville quote retweeted the comments from Klopp and added: "I respect Conte and his football enormously but this Klopp interview gives the clear reason why he wasn't the right fit for United."

    Neville's Sky Sports colleague Carragher then responded with a screenshot of a headline which read: "Gary Neville calls for brutal Diego Simeone to be considered for next Manchester United manager".

    To which Neville replied: "Simone 4-4-2 aggressive style. Proper United that. Conte wing backs ?? No.."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Foxes fight Blues for Bremer

    Chelsea could face a £40million battle with Leicester for Torino centre-backGleison Bremer.

    Foxes' boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly considering let the Serie a side keep loan midfielder Dennis Praetin part-exchange for the Brazilian.

    SunSport understands Leicester officials met with their Torino counterpartsin Italy last week to try to thrash out a deal.

    And it's understood Chelsea have been watching Bremer – as a potential replacement for outgoing Antonio Rudiger.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Big lump' Lukaku gave me the hump

    Wolves coach Tony Roberts labelled Romelu Lukaku a 'big lump' as he questioned how the Chelsea striker won a penalty in a dramatic 2-2 draw.

    Goalkeeping trainer Roberts – standing in as manager Bruno Lage had Covid – suggested Lukaku fell too easily for such a powerful player.

    Watched by incoming Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, the recalled Belgian tucked in the spot-kick opener himself and soon doubled the Blues' lead.

    But Wolves sub Francisco Trincao netted a spectacular reply and visitors' skipper Conor Coady headed the leveller seven minutes into stoppage time.

    Roberts' delight over a 'well deserved' comeback point was offset, however, by his penalty gripe.

    Lukaku was growing into the game when he bustled and muscled past Roman Saiss on 56 minutes.

    And the defender brought down the ex-Inter Milan hero with a clumsy challenge. Ref Peter Banks awarded a spot-kick after checking video replays.

    Roberts said of Lukaku's input: "He's a big lump, isn't he. So for him to go down, I'm not sure."

    The Welshman added: "We came back to get the point but we're disappointed we didn't win it."

  • Alex Cole

    Will Azpilicueta leave this summer?

    According to Spanish outlet AS, Barcelona have swooped in to put a huge offer on the table, of which Azpilicueta has agreed to.

    The two-year deal will see the defender earn £11million per-season.

    It also includes the option of a one-year extension.

    Since joining the Blues in 2012, Azpilicueta has become one of the most successful Chelsea players of all time.

    Earlier this year, he became the first player to win every trophy possible with the club.

    No doubt a legend, whatever happens this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    Boehly watches Wolves late equaliser

    The LA Dodgers part owner had just been told that his consortium had won the battle to buy Chelsea from sanctioned Roman Abramovich.

    But Conor Coady’s 97th minute equaliser left the American billionaire scratching his head in bewilderment as his new team threw away a two-goal lead right at the death.

    At least Boehly can say that he has seen Romelu Lukaku score a Premier League goal after the £97million Belgian struck twice in the space of two minutes to end his four-month drought.

    Yet it was hardly champagne stuff from Thomas Tuchel’s players just a week before they take on Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

  • Alex Cole

    'Should have been a win', says Pulisic

    The American forward will keep fighting in order for the Blues to cement that Champions League spot…

  • Alex Cole

    Player ratings – subs

    SAUL NIGUEZ (for Alonso at 45') – 5/10

    Had some good moments down the left after being introduced at the break.

    But, not being a natural defender, he didn't look particularly comfortable once the visitors came to life in the second half.

    MALANG SARR (for Azpilicueta at 85') – N/A

    KAI HAVERTZ (for Lukaku at 88') – NA

  • Alex Cole

    Player ratings – attack

    CHRISTIAN PULISIC – 7/10

    Had a bright opening to the game and was involved in some of Chelsea's best-attacking flourishes in the first half.

    May have had an assist with a smart pass before Timo Werner was judged to have given away a foul. Then got an assist for Lukaku's second, which was fairly straightforward but capped off an encouraging performance.

    TIMO WERNER – 7/10

    Werner had two decent chances today but found himself denied by Jose Sa on both occasions. Also had a goal disallowed for a foul on Romain Saiss that looked soft.

    Once the active 26-year-old adds consistent finishing to his effort, he may finally develop into the player Chelsea thought they were buying.

    ROMELU LUKAKU – 9/10

    This was better from the Belgian, much better, and his stunning second goal – firing a right-footed shot first time into the corner – was the cherry on top of a great performance.

    Along with winning and converting the penalty that opened the scoring, he chased and harried all afternoon and can not be accused of lacking effort or energy.

  • Alex Cole

    Player ratings – midfield

    RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – 8/10

    Used his trademark quick feet to good effect throughout the first half and was unfortunate to not get the opener after VAR intervened.

    Loftus-Cheek complimented Kovacic well despite their similarities and has given himself a good chance of starting in the cup final next week.

    MATEO KOVACIC – 8/10

    The Croatian was silky and intelligent, threading passes through and regularly breaking the lines of Wolves' midfield.

    Bruno Lage's team had no answers to contain the Croatian – but he did lose the ball in the build-up to Wolves' first.

    MARCOS ALONSO – 6/10

    Made his marauding runs throughout the first half and delivered some good set-pieces, including for Loftus-Cheek's disallowed goal.

    Unlucky to be taken off at half-time, assuming the decision was for tactical reasons.

  • Alex Cole

    Player ratings – defence

    CESAR AZPILICUETA – 5/10

    The Chelsea captain did not have the easiest afternoon and was booked in the first half after taking out Pedro Neto who would overwise beat him on pace.

    His lack of pace was regularly exposed, and he was caught out by some of Wolves' first-half moves, leaving Thomas Tuchel to switch him with Reece James.

    THIAGO SILVA – 6/10

    Thiago and his defensive colleagues were tested at various periods when the Wolves attack came to life.

    Despite Thiago's desperate leap, Coady snuck in between him and Reece James to snag the Wolves equaliser.

    ANTONIO RUDIGER – 6/10

    The defender will be disappointed with his efforts at stopping Trincao's goal, as he ran into Mateo Kovacic and lost his man.

    Otherwise, he was solid as Chelsea attempted to fend off Wolves' waves of attack at 2-1 down.

    REECE JAMES – 5/10

    The England international was decent going forward but caught out at the back post for the stoppage-time Wolves equaliser.

    He was also left exposed after 70 minutes and was forced to rely on Mendy to stop sub Hwang Hee-chan's effort.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea player ratings vs Wolves

    Chelsea blew a two-goal lead against Wolves in front of their new owner Todd Boehly as their dodgy form continues.

    Two goals from Romelu Lukaku looked to have put this game to bed before the home defence crumbled in the face of Wolves pressure.

    The result means Chelsea have once again opened the door to the teams below them in the fight for Champions League football.

    Here, SunSport's Kiro Evans delivers his Chelsea player ratings against Wolves…

    EDOUARD MENDY – 6/10

    The goalkeeper had a quiet afternoon until the second half, when he was called upon to stop Hwang Lee-chan's effort from close range.

    Absolutely nothing he could do about Francisco Trincao's effort, which flew into the far side of the net, although there was a slight mix up for Connor Coady's equaliser and may have done better.

  • James Orr

    Leicester fight for Gleison Bremer

    Brendan Rodgers has stepped up plans to beef up his flimsy Foxes defence with Torino's £40million-rated Brazilian powerhouse Gleison Bremer.

    And he hopes to tempt Torino into parting with their in-demand centre-back by offering them on-loan midfielder Dennis Praet to sweeten the deal.

    SunSport understands Leicester officials met with their Torino counterparts while in Italy this week – for their Europa Conference League clash with Roma – in an attempt to thrash out a double-deal which would suit both parties.

    Leicester would still need to sell other squad players to afford Bremer, who has also attracted the interest of Chelsea.

  • James Orr

    Tuchel hits back at Pulisic dad

    Thomas Tuchel has insisted he is not concerned if his players' fathers don't love him, as he hit back at comments from Christian Pulisic's dad.

    The Chelsea boss fielded questions over the American after his father spoke out over his "sad situation".

    In a now-deleted tweet, Pulisic's dad appeared to cast doubt over his son's future at Stamford Bridge, writing: "The sad thing is he loves the club, team-mates, and London.

    "[Pulisic] puts his heart and soul into being a pro.

    "Onwards and upwards my boy… big six months ahead."

    Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
  • James Orr

    Lukaku 'a big lump'

    Wolves assistant coach Tony Roberts called Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku a “big lump” after he won a controversial penalty in their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

    Roberts spoke on behalf of manager Bruno Lage, who was absent after testing positive for Covid.

    Questioning the decision, Roberts said: ‘He’s a big lump, isn’t he? So, for him to go down, I’m not sure.”

  • Jon Boon

    Villas-Boas new job

    Ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is a candidate to take over the Morocco job, according to reports.

    Viilas-Boas has been out of work since last year, when he was sacked by Marseille.

    According to beIN Sports MENA, the Portuguese tactician is the No1 candidate for the role.

    Laurent Blanc and Hervé Renard are also said to be in the frame for the African country who have qualified for World Cup 2022.

  • Jon Boon

    Ownership focus not blame, says Tuchel

    Thomas Tuchel has revealed that all takeover talk of the club wasn't a distraction, as Chelsea were held 2-2 at home to Wolves.

    Speaking after the game, the German coach said: "I don't think the ownership is a reason for a lack of focus. I don't think there is a lack of focus. We showed focus during the situation when it began. I wouldn't consider this as an advantage now for the match against Leeds. It doesn't change much for us as the sanctions haven't been lifted and the season goes on.

    "It seems like the situation has been resolved but it's not. We've got our own things to address, which we haven't done as a team so far.

    "I heard the news today in the morning when I was in the middle of preparing for the match. There has been no difference to what I do which is the best preparation for the match, no matter what's happening on the outside. I have my routine and I have enough to do. It doesn't affect me, but the news is positive and we need it to be resolved."

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