Chelsea slip up against Utd, Rudiger's 'planned' medical, Boehly's consortium 'lead the race' to complete takeover

CHELSEA failed to take advantage of a woeful Manchester United last night when they let their lead slip after only a couple of minutes.

Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational strike cancelled out Marcos Alonso's pinpointed volley which meant that the points were shared.

Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger's deal to Real Madrid seems to be edging closer with his medical being planned according to reports.

And Todd Boehly's bidding rivals have claimed that the Swiss-American billionaire's group are leading the race to complete the Chelsea takeover.

Keep up to date with all of the latest gossip from the takeover in our live blog…

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  • Sam Dymond

    Boehly bid leading the charge

    The bid headed by LA Dodgers owner Todd Boehly is in the lead to buy Chelsea.

    Sources close to the consortium have told the Daily Mail that they expect their offer for the football club to be announced as the approved option in the coming days.

    However, those involved with the rival bids of Sir Martin Broughton and Steve Pagliuca have not given up hope, and hope to convince Raine Group before a final decision is made.

    It was revealed yesterday that the three bidders have been asked to stump up an extra £500million in order to help boost a £1billion charitable donation to be made upon the sale of the Stamford Bridge outfit.

  • Sam Dymond

    Roy so keen on James

    Former Manchester United star Roy Keane believes that Chelsea are lucky to have a player of Reece James' ability.

    The Irishman, speaking in his role as pundit for Sky Sports, revealed himself to be a huge fan of the defender following last night's 1-1 draw between his former club and the Blues at Old Trafford.

    "What a player Reece James is,” said Keane during the analysis of the game.

    “He looks like a boxer. His distribution, movement, strength. He seems like a nice kid too. He’s a clever lad, could play in any position.

    “Chelsea are a lucky club to have him. Outstanding.”

    James picked up the Man of the Match award for his performance during the Premier League encounter.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Thomas Tuchel's men played out a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

    Marcos Alonso handed Chelsea the lead with a striker's finish.

    But Cristiano Ronaldo equalised minutes later to share the points.

    Antonio Rudiger is edging closer to his Real Madrid free transfer with his medical being planned for the next few days, according to reports.

    The Chelsea defender’s Stamford Bridge contract expires this summer.

    And after Thomas Tuchel confirmed he would not be signing an extension, it is widely expected the centre-back will join Real for free.

    Former Chelsea and Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has said that Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba doesn’t have “the character to suit either Liverpool or Chelsea.”

    And finally, the three prospective owners of Chelsea have been asked to increase their offers by £500million by outgoing billionaire Roman Abramovich.

    Martin Kleinman at Sky News reports that the Russian owner is demanding the additional money to help augment a £1billion charitable donation to be made upon the sale of the football club.

    The increase in price effectively guarantees "a minimum headline price for the club of £2.5billion."

  • Joshua Mbu

    Chelsea verdict

    Chelsea suffered yet more dejavu as they dominated Manchester United but paid the price for lacking a goalscorer. 

    Kai Havertz, signed for over £70million from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020, missed two golden chances in the first half at Old Trafford.

    The German is not an out and out striker but has led the line well at times for the Blues this season. 

    But his squandered chances in Manchester prove Chelsea are still being haunted by a lack of clinical finishing. 

    Last year's Champions League winners might have thought they had solved that problem after signing Romelu Lukaku in the summer. 

    But the club-record £97.5million signing is edging towards a second flop spell at Stamford Bridge.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘I hope Ten Hag is watching’

    A deflated Gary Neville didn’t hold back in his assessment of Manchester United during their 1-1 draw with Chelsea. 

    The Red Devils legend tore into Ralf Rangnick’s flops, slamming the players as “embarrassing” despite the two teams sharing the points.

    Neville blasted: “Man United are the type of team for any football fan watching that you almost want to get beat.

    “They need beating, they set a really poor example around work ethic and trying – and all the things that parents and teachers tell their children every single day.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Full time – Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

    It’s all over!

    The points are shared in Manchester.

    United did grow into the game in the second half and it was their main man who came to the rescue.

    Chelsea will feel frustrated. They should have put the game to bed in the first 45 minutes.

    Follow the live match blog HERE to follow all the post-match fallout

  • Joshua Mbu

    Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

    79, James hits the post!

    The ball is fired into Mount who is aware and delicately flicks the ball on for James who curls the ball around the defender straight on to the post.

    So, so close. De Gea was beaten.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

    74, Jorginho is on the deck receiving treatment after tweaking something.

    Chance to take on some liquid for the others.

    Meanwhile, Lukaku talks tactics with his boss.

    Follow the live match blog HERE

  • Joshua Mbu

    Goals galore at Old Trafford

    Chelsea took the lead in the 59th minute through Marcos Alonso.

    The left-back turned in a striker’s finish.

    But the Blues’ lead didn’t last long with the returning Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for the second game in a row. 

    1-1.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Kick-off – Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

    Fernandes gets this second half underway.

    No changes for either side.

    Will it be more of the same?

    Follow the live match blog HERE

  • Joshua Mbu

    Half-time – Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

    Mike Dean blows his whistle and the players head for the dressing rooms.

    Rangnick scratches his head. What do you say about that?

    Chelsea have moved the ball well and created plenty of chances. But their forwards, Havertz in particular, haven't been able to make them count.

    Manchester United have been lifeless, but somehow find themselves still in the game.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

    21, Two chances for Chelsea, both coming down that right hand side.

    Jorginho sprays a ball across the area, but no one was quick enough to get there.

    Then Mount is freed before firing a ball across the box. But De Ge gets there before Havertz.

    Follow the live match blog HERE

  • Joshua Mbu

    Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

    12, Rashford attempts to weave his way past Thiago Silva.

    The chance looks to have gone, but he keeps the pressure on and wins the corner off the Brazilian.

    The corner is headed back into the danger area where Ronaldo was waiting. He got up for the spectacular. But his bicycle kick doesn't trouble Mendy in goal.

    Almost, almost incredible.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Jesse Lingard dropped

    Jesse Lingard has been dropped from Manchester United’s matchday squad for personal reasons just days after calling their dressing room a “disaster”.

    Red Devils legend Paul Scholes recently let slip that Lingard told him about the sorry state of affairs behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick took a backhanded swipe at Lingard following Scholes’ confession.

    And the German has now dropped the England international altogether for tonight’s clash with Chelsea at the Theatre of Dreams.

  • Joshua Mbu

    On the Blues' bench

    The Chelsea boss names a strong bench consisting of last week's goalscoring hero, Pulisic and out of favour Lukaku.

    Arizabalaga, Chalobah, Sarr, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Kenedy, Pulisic, Ziyech, Lukaku

  • Joshua Mbu

    James and Rudiger return to Chelsea line-up

    Thomas Tuchel tinkers with his squad after their late win against West Ham.

    Chalobah makes way for the returning Rudiger, despite the Frenchman's desire to leave the club in the Summer.

    James is back fit and replaces Loftus-Cheek at right wing back.

    Jorginho keeps his place after a missed penalty nearly saw his side lose out on three points.

    Havertz and Werner remain ahead of Lukaku in the current pecking order.

    Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Werner

  • Joshua Mbu

    Man Utd vs Chelsea

    Chelsea have arrived at Old Trafford for their game against Man Utd.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Cesar Azpilicueta: Chelsea trophy haul

    Here's a closer look into club captain Cesar Azpilicueta's success at Chelsea.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Rudiger edges closer to Real Madrid

    Antonio Rudiger is edging closer to his Real Madrid free transfer with his medical being planned for the next few days, according to reports.

    The Chelsea defender's Stamford Bridge contract expires this summer.

    And after Thomas Tuchel confirmed he would not be signing an extension, it is widely expected the centre-back will join Real for free.

    Rudiger turned down a £200,000-a-week contract with the Blues before the club was hit with sanctions.

    According to AS, the German has helped play his part in the deal by dropping his wage demands to go to Spain – although he could bank £60million across the contract with a bumper signing-on fee.

    Now Los Blancos are arranging to send doctors over to London to complete his medical in the coming days.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Ex-right-back Johnson on Pogba

    Former Chelsea and Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has said that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba doesn't have "the character to suit either Liverpool or Chelsea."

    The Frenchman is out of contract this summer and can leave United for free.

    On Pogba, Johnson told GGRecon: "I wouldn’t go for him.

    "He’s a sensational individual and he’s won most of the things you can win in football but I don’t believe he has the character to suit either Liverpool or Chelsea.

    "There’s no way Jurgen Klopp would sign him. No chance."

  • Joshua Mbu

    Years of Abramovich spending

    Here's a breakdown of how much Roman Abramovich spent during his time as owner of Chelsea.

  • Sam Dymond

    Bidders told to up offers

    The three prospective owners of Chelsea have been asked to increase their offers by £500million by outgoing billionaire Roman Abramovich.

    Martin Kleinman at Sky News reports that the Russian owner is demanding the additional money to help augment a £1billion charitable donation to be made upon the sale of the football club.

    The increase in price effectively guarantees 'a minimum headline price for the club of £2.5billion.'

    Those heading each of the consortia still involved in the process are said to have reacted positively to the request.

    The preferred bidder selected by Raine Group is expected to be announced by the end of this week.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gimenez added to wanted list

    Another hour, another new centre-back linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

    This time it's Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez that Chelsea scouts are watching as the Londoners plan for life after Rudiger and Christensen.

    The Uruguayan defender has clocked up 245 appearances for Atleti since moving to Spain in 230.

    An international with 76 caps to his name, Gimenez is comfortable with the ball at his feet, and a fully focused man-marker.

  • Sam Dymond

    Mount revelling on the road

    With their forwards misfiring once again, Chelsea will be looking towards Mason Mount to make the different at Old Trafford this evening.

    And the England international rarely disappoints on the road, having played some of his best football this season away from Stamford Bridge.

    Mount has been directly involved in ten goals in his 14 away appearances this season, scoring five himself and laying on another five assists for his teammates.

    Only Mo Salah (18), Harry Kane (13) and James Ward-Prowse (11) have more combined goals and assists in Premier League away games this term.

  • Sam Dymond

    Chelsea also chasing Barca's Kimpembe

    Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea's scouting team have made reinforcements at centre-half a priority for when new owners take over at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues expect to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer – and there's the possibility that Cesar Azpilicueta also departs the club via the exit door.

    Without new signings, those departures would leave the Londoners short in central defence, and having to rely on a 38-year-old Thiago Silva.

    Sevilla's Jules Kounde has already been sounded out by Chelsea officials, and now Goal see Paris Saint-Germain's Presnel Kimpembe as another option.

    Kimpembe has spent his entire career at PSG, but would be tempted by the challenge of the Premier League should his former boss come calling.

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