The American businessman Todd Boehly, who bought Chelsea with a consortium of investors at the end of May, was appointed president and interim sporting director of the Blues on Wednesday, leaving the very influential manager Marina Granovskaia, according to a statement from the club. All members of the consortium led by Boehly and the investment fund Clearlake Capital have joined the board of directors of the club bought from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, following the sanctions that hit him after the invasion of Ukraine. by Russia.
We find there Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano, the leaders of Clearlake, Mark Walter, business partner of Boehly with whom he owns the American baseball team of the LA Dodgers, the Swiss magnate Hansjörg Wyss and the British billionaire Jonathan Goldstein. One of their first, difficult tasks will be to replace Marina Granovskaia, who arrived in Abramovich’s suitcases when he took over the club in 2003.
During the 19 years under Russian control, during which Chelsea won everything, she was a formidable and feared negotiator in the transfer market where the Blues were willingly very active. The London club which has, for the moment, recorded only departures, in particular in defense with Antonio Rüdiger, at Real Madrid, and Andreas Christensen, at the end of the contract, will have to activate.
Third in the Premier League last year, he should also lose Romelu Lukaku, who turned out to be an industrial accident at 115 M EUR, by never winning in attack. He should soon return to Inter Milan from where he arrived a year ago, in the form of a paid loan. Among the leads mentioned in the direction of arrivals are the French international defender of Sevilla, Jules Koundé, his compatriot of the attack and Barça, Ousmane Dembélé, and the English international striker of Manchester City, Raheem Sterling.