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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Roman Abramovich 'reaches agreement' with UK government over Todd Boehly deal

  Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has struck a deal with the UK government that will allow the sale of the club to go through smoothly aft...

 

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has struck a deal with the UK government that will allow the sale of the club to go through smoothly after reports it had hit a snag earlier this week, according to sources close to the Russian.

A solution has apparently been found to the problem that was preventing the takeover by Todd Boehly and his consortium from going through. PA news agency report that a resolution has been reached over how the £1.5bn debt owed to Abramovich will be handled.

Despite the Oligarch insisting that he did not want the debt repaid to him the government reportedly remained wary that he may U-turn on this stance at a later date and demand the money. However, that now appears to have been resolved leaving Boehly's consortium clear to finalise their takeover by the end of the month.

Earlier in May, Thomas Tuchel admitted that the off-field drama had affected his side's performances. Chelsea have been knocked out of three tournaments and put their place in the top- four at risk over the past few months and the manager says it was inevitable that his side would eventually be distracted.

"It has for sure, I don't think there's any sense in hiding from the fact that it is a distraction," Tuchel said earlier in May. "It's a question of to which level we can still live up to even if we are distracted, worried or disadvantaged by it.

"We're the only club at the moment who suffers like this and maybe the first club who ever did this. It's a situation that's unique and quite challenging. Of course, everyone wants it to be clarified. These are steps in the right direction.

"We've been waiting for it for a long time because we need the positive energy and the competitive atmosphere as a club. That's why it's very important that things progress."

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