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  1. I know, I know, The Daily Mail etc.... seems like a regurgitated article that doesn't really add any new info such as the names of the other interested parties. Plus the rumoured higher valuation of the club seems to be more of a "hands off" warning than anything else. Chelsea targeted by three groups in £2.5bn race to buy club with US and Asian-based groups keen and Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe interested Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck recently said Roman Abramovich was committed But it is understood Chelsea have held 'exploratory talks' with three parties Jim Ratcliffe is interested but his valuation is well below the £2.5bn figure He would face considerable competition if he wanted to make a move for club By ALEX MILLER FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY PUBLISHED: 22:30, 13 April 2019 | UPDATED: 22:30, 13 April 2019 Chelsea have held talks with three interested parties over the potential £2.5billion sale of the club. They are believed to have included US and Asian-based finance groups, while Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe has also expressed an interest, as first revealed by the Daily Mail last year. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck recently insisted owner Roman Abramovich was committed to the London club despite stopping attending games. But The Mail on Sunday have learned that Chelsea officials have held what have been described as ‘exploratory talks’ with the three parties in recent weeks. Abramovich is not believed to have attended any Chelsea games since being denied a visa in May 2018. The 53-year-old Russian billionaire subsequently sought Israeli citizenship, moving to Tel Aviv. He has spent between £1m and £3m on corporate hospitality boxes at Stamford Bridge every year since 2011 but did not buy any before the start of this season for the first time in almost a decade. Abramovich has continued to pump money into Chelsea, however, and the total debt owed to him by the parent company increased by £75m last year. It now stands at a total of £1.25bn, money he would want to recoup if the club were sold. Leading football club acquisitions company, Oakwell Capital, said well respected US and Asian-based finance groups have emerged with a renewed interest in Premier League clubs, because many have posted healthy profits. Tottenham, Liverpool and Burnley are among clubs to have announced record profits recently. Doug Harmer, director of Oakwell Capital, said: ‘There is a renewed interest in Premier League clubs from within the Asian and US investment communities. 'While domestic television deals have plateaued, the international TV deals have gone up and are expected to continue to rise in the long term. ‘Reputable and well-regarded institutions can see potential for further growth at Premier League clubs.’ Ratcliffe was interested in buying the Stamford Bridge club, but his valuation is vastly below the £2.5bn valuation set by Abramovich. Ratcliffe has reportedly turned his attentions to buying French outfit Nice, currently seventh in Ligue 1, and would face considerable competition to complete a deal for the Blues, who travel to title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday, should he return to the negotiating table.
  2. Solid performance from the whole team except Higuain who's playing like he's lagging 5 seconds behind everyone else.
  3. 'Chelsea fans at Euston Station where the team will start their parade of the 1970 FA Cup tomorrow after beating Leeds United at Old Trafford'. https://flashbak.com/april-1970-chelsea-fans-waiting-for-the-fa-cup-winners-to-arrive-at-euston-station-410405/
  4. ...and I can confirm I'm still not excited.
  5. A great many things are 'not a Chelsea', and I tend not to get excited over most of them.
  6. Looks like Harry Kane is in trouble for his Head Butt towards Azpi during last night's Game.
  7. FFS 120 minutes of doing exactly the right thing then that f**k Up which feeds into every 'Player Power' narrative the Media has about Chelsea. Kepa needs to apologise to Sarri quickly and then be dropped from the First 11 ASAP. Can you imagine that happening under Conte or Mourinho? No chance. Embarrassing and humiliating for the Manger (no matter what you think of him).Completely unacceptable from Kepa. I'm furious.
  8. Apparently a number of Premier League clubs are being investigated over the recruitment of young players- but as usual Chelsea get named and shamed first and so receive all the flak.
  9. Roma contact Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri's representatives for coaching role next season https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/11643973/roma-contact-chelsea-boss-maurizio-sarris-representatives-for-coaching-role-next-season
  10. Saw his debut against Blackburn where he came on for the last 20 minutes or so and me and my mate just looked at each other with our jaws dropped. He was so much better than anyone else on the pitch, devastating speed and skill. Gutted when he left.
  11. My favourite has to be Dennis Wise, "Chelsea" ran through him like a Stick of Rock. You can't think of him without that cheeky smile on his face and his "trouble's coming" look. A proper Captain who lead his Team on the pitch by example, we could do with his Spirit today.
  12. Yes that's how I read it as well. Even if we beat Malmo another heavy defeat against Man U, City or Spuds could seal his fate.
  13. IN for me - just. Have to give him to the end of the season and then judge it from there. Doesn't look atm like we're going to finish top four so that will limit what the club can spend in terms of changes in the summer. Sarri constantly states the players are not playing 'his football' but he also has to ask himself if he ever will have a first eleven who can play his style? I can't see Higuain wanting to stay beyond May if we continue to see more performances and results like today; he will have plenty of options to move to clubs playing in the CL next season. Plus Hazard and Willian are also looking likely to leave this summer which means that we're going to need to build an entirely new attack. One that's going to be around for the next few seasons on a limited budget yet expect them to start competing for trophies straight away. Will the Club trust Sarri to do that based on his first season so far? The claim that he can coach 'average players' into something better is ringing pretty hollow atm. If we do lose Higuain, Hazard, Willian etc this summer then we really will be at a crucial point in our development for the next 5/6 years. Who do we trust to take us forward?

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