Chelsea Transfer News: The Blues’ leadership transition will continue next week. Chairman Bruce Buck is slated to step down and co-owner Todd Boehly is expected to take his place.
Following Roman Abramovich’s departure, Marina Granovskaia, is expected to leave the club in the next few days. This might see Boelhy take over the pursuit of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Sevilla’s talented France centre-back Jules Kounde this summer.
In the following days, Chelsea is expected to clarify the situation. They will also name the new board of Directors. It does, however, signal a moment of upheaval at the club.
When Abramovich purchased the club in 2003, Buck became chairman. After the consortium led by Boehly took over last month, he was supposed to stay on.
Chelsea Transfer News: What did Buck say?
Instead, he will serve as a “senior advisor” to the club. “It’s time for me to stand away and let new ownership build on the solid foundations we’ve established,” he added.
“The owners have a compelling vision for Chelsea’s future. I’m excited to work with our amazing staff, players, coaches, and supporters to help them realize it.”
Chelsea won 18 major titles during Buck’s chairmanship, with the women’s team winning 12. Buck was lauded by Boehly for “taking Chelsea Football Club to the highest levels of international and domestic football,” and for “his service and commitment to the club.”
Granovskaia, a club legend
Granovskaia is one of football’s most powerful club executives. She joined Chelsea’s board of directors in 2013 after arriving in 2010. She rapidly earned a reputation for being a tough negotiator when it came to player contracts and transfers.
She was crowned ‘Best Club Director in European Football’ at the Golden Boy awards last year, highlighting her value to the club.
She will have her hands busy if she stays until the end of the transfer window. If Boelhy is appointed, he will face a race against time to build his team.
Sterling to Chelsea as Lukaku to Inter Milan is close
After seven years at the Etihad, Sterling is looking for a new club. According to Mirror Sport, Sterling will move to Chelsea once Romelu Lukaku’s loan move to Inter Milan is finalised. The Belgian had a disastrous season at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian left Chelsea for Everton for £28 million in 2014. He returned in August for a club-record sum on a five-year contract. However, the plan backfired. Chelsea is also hoping to finalise moves for Kounde and Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss to offer Reece James with seasoned cover.