Chelsea’s soon-to-be new owners Reece James and Mason Mount are reportedly looking to offer new contracts as they prepare to take over the club.
In the early hours of today, it was confirmed that Todd Boehly has been given the green light to complete his £4.25billion takeover after his consortium was named the preferred bidder by Raine Group, the bank overseeing the sale was named.
Boehly beat out competition from groups led by Stephen Pagluica and Sir Martin Broughton, as well as a £4.2 billion bid from Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
As claimed by journalists Ben Jacobs The Blues’ new boss already has his sights set on the first-team squad, with in-form stars James and Mount lining up for new deals.
Flying full-back James has attracted attention with a string of excellent performances this season, while manager Thomas Tuchel’s Mount has been just as important.
In fact, Mount has scored 12 goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions, which has helped Chelsea finish third in the Premier League and reach two cup finals.
Given their importance to the club’s future, it’s no surprise that Boehly is keen to ensure their long-term future remains at Stamford Bridge.
Amid the uncertainty surrounding the sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich, it has been reported that several elite clubs have expressed interest in the English duo.
Chelsea have been prevented from signing new contracts or recruiting players, with Abramovich in the spotlight, although that will change under their new board.
Marcos Alonso, meanwhile, has been tipped to join Barcelona at the end of the season, although the same source has insisted his move ‘isn’t a given’ yet.
The defender is believed to be ready to wait for Boehly to officially take the reins before making a decision on his potential exit.
Boehly, meanwhile, is expected to be at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. He was pictured off the ground in west London on Friday night.
He has joined his consortium with Dodgers owner Mark Walter, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and investment firm Clearlake Capital.
The only thing missing for the takeover to be completed is government approval.