Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Chelsea news LIVE: Todd Boehly tours training ground, takeover bidders granted EXTENSION, Mendy bounce back

Good morning Chelsea fans

The Ricketts family are currently the frontrunners to take over Chelsea and have major plans for the club.

Eric Nordness – who oversaw the Ricketts’ £760million redevelopment of the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Park stadium – told the Evening Standard: “We have the template.

“I see so many eerie similarities, including the ground being next to the railway line, an urban, dense neighbourhood.

“It’s a stadium that holds about the same amount — we’re 41,500, they’re about 42,000.

“Stamford Bridge was first built in 1876, the Cubs were formed in 1876”

Meanwhile, Chelsea are facing an intense bidding war in their pursuit of West Ham star Declan Rice in the summer.

That is because Manchester United are plotting a major spending spree to welcome Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Elsewhere, Chelsea ace Timo Werner’s agent has reportedly travelled to Italy for talks with several Serie A teams amid speculation around the forward’s future.

Werner has struggled to find consistent form since arriving at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig two years ago.

According to The Express, the Germany international’s representative Volker Struth is now exploring the possibility of a switch to Serie A.

Struth has flown out to Italy for meetings with Juventus, AC Milan and Atalanta.

Finally, Joe Cole has slammed Chelsea’s performance in their 3-1 loss to Real Madrid as one of the worst the club have ever produced.

Cole told BT Sport: “Chelsea played well in the second half.

“[The] First half was one of the worst performances I have seen from Chelsea for a long, long time.”

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