Chelsea news and transfers LIVE: Takeover message, Rudiger exit blow, £135m Haaland decision
All of the latest Chelsea news and views all in one place, including build-up this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final with Crystal Palace and the standout transfer news and rumours
Hello, everyone, and welcome to football.london ‘s live Chelsea coverage on Thursday. We’ve got a busy day ahead of us and will be bringing you all of the latest news and rumours throughout the day.
The dust has now certainly settled on the Blues’ heartbreaking Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid on Tuesday. There is still plenty of reaction coming through though so stay tuned for the latest comments, opinions and analysis.
Whilst Thomas Tuchel will still likely be stewing over the dramatic elimination in Madrid, Chelsea have a lot more to consider this week. They face another huge game in the context of their season this weekend. A clash with Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-finals lie in wait at Wembley Stadium. As always, you will have all the build-up and team news right at your fingertips throughout the day.
Away from the pitch, we will have also have all of the latest transfer news and rumours and up-to-the-minute takeover developments. With all of that being said, make sure you keep the blog locked so that you don’t miss a single update.
Loftus-Cheek signals takeover impacts
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has said that the Blues squad are trying to not get distracted by all of the takeover talk as their focus turns to the upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace.
Speaking with the club’s official website, he said: “We try not to think about the off-field things too much to be honest, especially when you have a game of this magnitude to focus on.
“From now until the end of the season, we’ve got some really big games coming up and we can’t afford to have our minds on other things.”
Armando Broja future
Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhutl has provided an update on the future of Chelsea loanee Armando Broja with the striker impressing during his spell with St. Mary’s.
“We are not discussing this at the moment,” Hasenhuttl said, via Hampshire Live, when asked about Broja’s future and whether he could stay at Southampton beyond the end of his season-long loan spell.
“We all know the situation at Chelsea, there are a lot of changes there and it is not so easy to find the right person to talk to about futures of players. It is easier to concentrate on your job and what we can do between now and the end of the season. The higher up the table we finish, the more attractive we are for players and this is the goal for the last seven games.”
Darwin Nunez latest
Benfica striker Darwin Nunez caught the eye again on Wednesday night with a well-taken goal against Liverpool in the Champions League. The marksman has been linked with a move to Chelsea and football.london has taken a look at the latest updates.
Antonio Rudiger doubt
As the deadline for bidders to submit their final offers to takeover Chelsea, fresh doubts have emerged over Antonio Rudiger’s future.
Erling Haaland decision
Erling Haaland is set to choose his next club in the next two weeks, according to MailOnline, with the Borussia Dortmund striker linked with moves to Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Roman Abramovich instruction
Chelsea’s takeover saga is drawing to a close and we have taken a look back at an interview from Roman Abramovich in 2021 and what it could mean for the new owners.
Takeover deadline live
It is deadline day in the race to buy Chelsea with final bids due to be submitted by the end of today. You can follow all the latest news as it happens in our dedicated live blog.
Details of bids emerge
The Times have reported that all four Chelsea bidders have agreed to cash-only payments for the club, meaning no debt will be taken on by the Blues.
Roman Abramovich sanctioned
Jersey have become the latest territory to impose sanctions on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The self-governing Channel Island did not follow the UK’s example straight away in March but have now frozen around £5bn of the Russian’s assets.