The Latest Chelsea FC Transfer News, Stories and Updates have been added below for the 2021 – 2022 Football Season
- Wed, 23 Nov 2022 19:00:43 +0000: The Guardian view on Manchester United up for sale: give fans a say in the future | Editorial - Chelsea | The Guardian
The Glazer family’s leveraged buyout of the club was a sporting scandal in plain sight
The acquisition of Manchester United by the American Glazer family in 2005 was the most egregious example of carpet-bagging in sporting history. In order to buy one of the most famous and profitable football institutions in the world, the Glazers raised £540m worth of debt and then loaded it on to the club itself. Over the past 17 years, against a backdrop of supporter protests and a decline in performance on the pitch, the Glazer ownership has cost the club more than £1.5bn in interest payments, debt and other outgoings. The family have used Manchester United as their private ATM, personally extracting vast sums in dividend payments and “management fees”, and organising soft loans to their other companies. Their ruthlessly exploitative modus operandi has been a sporting scandal in plain sight.
Little wonder then, that United supporters are jubilant at the sudden announcement that the Glazers are now open to offers for the club. The scuppering of unpopular plans for a lucrative European Super League, along with the post-Abramovich sale of Chelsea to American buyers for a £4.25bn investment, appears to have convinced the family that now might be the right time to cash out. Earlier this month, the American owners of Liverpool came to the same conclusion, putting another world-famous English institution on the market. According to Forbes, United are worth £3.9bn, but that figure may rise dramatically in a bidding war. Early reports suggest the Glazers may be hoping for £6bn.Continue reading...
- Sat, 19 Nov 2022 09:00:53 +0000: Being Christian Pulisic: the pressure of life as US soccer’s chosen one - Chelsea | The Guardian
The midfielder looks liberated when he steps on to the field for his country. How he handles expectation will be crucial to his team’s chances at this World Cup
In America, the French actor Isabelle Huppert once said, Europe disappears: “They have everything. They don’t need anything. Deep down to them we are a sort of elegant Third World.” The history of American sport reads as one iteration of this blazing autonomy: from the development of baseball as a derivative of regional English games like stoolball and tut-ball to the evolution of rugby union into American football and the creation of basketball from the manipulation of a soccer ball indoors, the US has specialized in fashioning its own kind of sporting modernity out of Europe’s raw cultural materials, often consigning these older sports to the scrapheap of national memory.
But globalization – the great success story of American free-market economics – and the unstoppable rise of football have, in recent decades, forced the US to confront a discomfiting reality: in the world’s most popular sport, the global hegemon remains a middleweight at best. The country that has everything now finds that it doesn’t: emerging (almost) every four years from a middling confederation into the glare of the World Cup, the spotlight deflected for once towards other countries, the America that wants for nothing – so confident, so culturally self-reliant – now finds itself in need. It needs to prove that it has footballing muscle equal to its muscle in every other domain. It needs to show that it belongs. And it needs, perhaps more than anything, to convince the world that it can produce a player in the men’s game equal to Haaland, Neymar, Salah, or Mbappé.Continue reading...
- Fri, 18 Nov 2022 22:30:39 +0000: Injury expected to rule James Maddison out of England’s opening game in Qatar - Chelsea | The Guardian
- Midfielder unlikely to face Iran after missing training again
- Conor Gallagher says his energetic style can combat hot weather
James Maddison is expected to miss England’s opening game at the World Cup with a slight knee problem that kept him out of training again yesterday. The Leicester midfielder, a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s squad, has been struggling since limping off during his side’s victory over West Ham last weekend. Maddison has not trained properly since Wednesday and is unlikely to be involved when England face Iran in Group B on Monday.
The 25-year-old’s potential absence is a blow for England. Maddison was never likely to start at the Khalifa International Stadium but he would be a useful option off the bench. The injury is not believed to be serious and there is confidence that he will be available when England face Wales and the USA.Continue reading...
- Thu, 17 Nov 2022 09:25:01 +0000: Liverpool and Juventus tracking Mason Mount with Chelsea talks on hold - Chelsea | The Guardian
- No sign of breakthrough in negotiations over new contract
- Édouard Mendy considering future after losing Chelsea place
Liverpool and Juventus are keeping track of the growing uncertainty around Mason Mount’s future after Chelsea’s talks with the England midfielder over a new deal were put on hold until after the World Cup.
Mount’s deal expires in just over 18 months and his situation has prompted clubs to check whether he could be lured away from Stamford Bridge. The 23-year-old has been in discussions with Chelsea since the summer and, with no sign of a breakthrough, negotiations are not expected to resume until January.Continue reading...
- Tue, 15 Nov 2022 14:49:12 +0000: Premier League clubs face mixed risks of sending players to the World Cup - Chelsea | The Guardian
Manchester City have 16 players in Qatar but for teams with fewer representatives, this winter offers vital rebuilding time
Pep Guardiola was notably accepting of Manchester City’s defeat by Brentford in their last match before the World Cup. “My staff and I will have time to reflect on what we did well and what to do better,” he shrugged. Guardiola and his staff may also have to watch events in Qatar through their hands, clenching as heavy tackles fly in and muscle injuries stack up given City – with 16 players – are the Premier League club sending the most players to the finals.
Even if Erling Haaland will be spending much of the next six weeks on the Etihad Campus, key players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Rodri will return bearing the physical and mental scars of the tournament. And individual success in Qatar may not necessarily be good news for a player’s club. To take the example of England’s Euro 2020 finalists, a number of Gareth Southgate’s players made indifferent starts to their 2021-22 club campaigns.Continue reading...
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- Mon, 28 Nov 2022 20:01:04 +0000: Man City host Chelsea in FA Cup third round - BBC Sport
Manchester City will host Chelsea in the FA Cup third round, while holders Liverpool are at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
- Mon, 21 Nov 2022 23:01:06 +0000: What will Premier League clubs do during World Cup? - BBC Sport
From trips abroad to giving their stadiums a lick of paint, this is how Premier League clubs are spending their Qatar-enforced holiday
- Fri, 18 Nov 2022 11:09:06 +0000: Call to relax post-Brexit recruitment rules - BBC Sport
Chelsea's academy chief Neil Bath wants post-Brexit recruitment rules relaxed to allow English clubs to bring in more top-quality youngsters from Europe.
- Wed, 16 Nov 2022 11:07:51 +0000: Former England and Chelsea defender Cahill retires - BBC Sport
Former England and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says he 'achieved things I once dreamt of' after he retires aged 36.
- Sun, 13 Nov 2022 21:13:57 +0000: Garth Crooks' Team of the Week: Which forward is finding his rhythm? - BBC Sport
Whose confidence looks sky high to Garth Crooks? Who is finding his rhythm? And who showed character in adversity? It's the team of the week.
Roberto DiMatteo has been a busy manager for Chelsea so far in the transfer window with a number of new signings making their way to Stamford Bridge with the Italian looking to strengthen his squad considerably after a poor premier league season. One of the first signings of the season for the club was influential winger Eden Hazard for a fee believed to be around the twenty five million pound mark with the player signing a four year deal for the current European champions.
Another player is a hot favourite to be plying his trade at the bridge next season is the highly regarded Brazilian super kid Oscar although negotiations are still ongoing to bring him to England. The Internacional playmaker is thought to be costing Chelsea a fee of around twenty five million pounds but the deal according to DiMatteo is far from being completed and could fall through at any moment if the players current side decide to barter the price for his services. The player has stated that he would like to help his country compete in the Olympic games before he puts pen to paper so Chelsea fans may have to wait a little longer before they know if they have their man.
Wigan today have again rejected a third bid from Chelsea to bring in form winger Victor Moses to the bridge as the Lactics are doing their very best to keep their star player at the club for another season. Moses who has just a single year left on his current contract with Wigan is seen as the perfect addition to the Italians plans but the offer which is thought to be around the three and a half million pound mark is thought to be way short of the Lactics valuation of the player.
Frenchman Florent Malouda is another player whos future lies in the balance at Chelsea with the winger said to be wanting to hold showdown talks with the club after moving down the pecking order at the bridge. Malouda wishes to have his future clarified before the start of the season or he will look for pastures new with the player being strongly linked with Santos who feel the player would be perfect for their needs and could offer him first team football every week.
Chelsea now also face stern opposition for the signature of Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura who is currently under contract with Sao Paulo from clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. The player is widely thought to be one of the hottest prospects in world football and has an outstanding record for his home side.