Todd Boehly, who bought the London club together with a consortium of investors at the end of May, has been named interim president and sporting director. So Marina Granovskaia, an influential former director, leaves the scene. All the members of the consortium headed by Boehly and the investment fund Clearlake Capital will be part of the board of the club taken over by Roman Abramovich, forced to sell after the sanctions that hit him after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among them is, for example, Mark Walter, Boehly’s business partner, with whom he also owns the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Also present were the Swiss Hansjörg Wyss and the British billionaire Jonathan Goldstein.
Among the first tasks of the new management team is the replacement of Marina Granovskaia, who came to Chelsea with Abramovich in 2003. In these 19 years, she has been a formidable negotiator in the endless transfer negotiations that have characterized the club. For the current market, the blues have so far only made disposals, for example that of Antonio Rüdiger to Real Madrid. Third classified in the last English championship, Chelsea should also lose Romelu Lukaku, paid a good 115 million last summer but never proved effective in the season just ended. He should return to Inter, with the paid loan formula. As for arrivals, the possible names of Dembélé (from Barça) and Sterling (from City) are mentioned.