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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Atletico Madrid's Andrea Berta eyes Marina Granovskaia's Chelsea role amid Petr Cech conundrum

  The question as to who will be joining the Chelsea board will continue to rumble on following a momentous day at Stamford Bridge. Bruce...


The question as to who will be joining the Chelsea board will continue to rumble on following a momentous day at Stamford Bridge. Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia have both made the decision to step down after many years of service with Roman Abramovich.

However, the departure of the duo felt like a start of a new era at Stamford Bridge as Todd Boehly and his Clearlake Capital consortium now have big decisions to make after the transfer window which will shape the future of the club.

All focus though for now remains on this current summer transfer period and with talks heating up regarding Romelu Lukaku and Raheem Sterling's futures respectively, it is understood that Boehly himself alongside the likes of Thomas Tuchel will be crucial to all negotiations in the immediate future.

In the long-term, however, a new sporting director is expected to be appointed to take these responsibilities away from the part LA Dodgers owner who is expected to take up the role of club Chairman once the full re-structure is complete.

In the meantime, speculation has resumed regarding what this new, refreshed and revamped Chelsea board will look like amid rumours that Granovskaia's exit could be announced imminently.

One man who was linked from the get-go when these initial rumours broke was Atletico Madrid's Andrea Berta - a sporting director who was influential in many of Atleti's big-money deals including Joao Felix, Thomas Lemar and others.

It is understood that Boehly and the new board have him alongside the likes of AS Monaco's Paul Mitchell on their hit list which will be properly assessed in the early parts of next season, once the summer window has come and gone.

According to Spanish outlet AS, the Italian sporting director has a few issues currently at the Wanda Metropolitano and would be open to moving away from Spain in the near future.

The report adds that he a future in London wouldn't be viewed as 'complicated' on his behalf. But if Berta was to find himself in SW6 in the near future, there would have to be some clarification regarding the future of Petr Cech - the club legend who was appointed to the board as a technical advisor by the departing Granovskaia.

The former keeper could still remain in place, but Berta would likely want to come to an understanding on what his role will be either alongside or at the expense of the legendary goalkeeper before a final decision is made.

It is certainly a situation to watch out for regarding how this all unfolds.

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