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Chelsea’s wonderfully down-to-earth new billionaire owner

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Chelsea supporters’ transfer fears have been partially allayed by the arrival of England star Raheem Sterling. Then a stronger sense of security set in when Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly arrived. Yet there must also be another suitably skilled addition to the core of the defense before the Blues start patting their back too heartily. Senegal international Koulibaly will be a big hit at Stamford Bridge, I envision. Another top defender will emerge, potentially in the form of formidable Leicester CB Wesley Fofana.

The future France international will cost, I mean a lot, though: up to £80m, probably. Personal conditions would be agreed between Fofana and the team of Thomas Tuchel. Unless other unforeseen issues such as Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele, Nathan Ake and Jules Kounde issues arise, you can expect more excellent signings by September as previously reported. Chelsea had been frustrated by the deadlocks and supposed player preferences that surfaced. This will happen when it comes to the best targets the world of football has to offer, long with iconic clubs. The silver lining here is that highly rated Levi Colwill can now be offered first-team opportunities. Well, if he doesn’t also leave for the promise of minutes.

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Todd Boehly: Chelsea’s wonderfully down-to-earth new billionaire owner

Besides, CFC have also considered a deal with Paris Saint-Germain over Frenchman Presnel Kimpembe. Tuchel wanted a reunion with his former athlete. Although Kimpembe’s preference is to stay at PSG. Other options are on the table, if the reports are accurate; this includes an apparent focus on improving the Boehly-Clearlake Group team.

I don’t believe Chairman Todd Boehly can be blamed for missing out on these desired transfers. You cannot sign a player who does not want to join or who has another first choice. He apparently devoted himself to overseeing business this summer, even acting as a hiring manager when he probably didn’t want to.

There are accusations that Boehly or his team were not savvy enough in their dealings. This perception seems unfair and ill-informed: if he is not trained at the head of a football team, he is used to high-level sports teams. It might have been a little stable, but trading was assured nonetheless.

The most important factor is that the accompanying lawyers and aides will surely be soccer players, so to speak. So there is nothing to worry about there. A “real” transfer guru will be named by next window, I’m sure.

In the meantime, Boehly has gained a large following on social media – perhaps even unknowingly. After a few very likeable, humorous, and likeable public appearances over the past month, “TB” comes across as particularly grounded and relatable for a billionaire mogul. Catch him nearly lying down as he relaxes at Dodger Baseball Stadium.

Watching at the bridge at the end of the 2021/22 season seemed to kick off the Boehly love memes. The owner was slightly younger than most of the leading men on the property. As well as cheering and being distraught over the game as the Blues’ performance fluctuated. He’s a sports fan, like all of us.

All Spanish restaurant was a delight, to be honest. I know that the agreements with Barcelona have not been favorable to the English teams, in this case. Although Boehly definitely behaved like a brazenly nonchalant “boss”. When asked why he was there, rather than saying ‘to discuss their targets and ours’ or remaining silent, the 48-year-old said: “Great meal, great meal. Wonderful food.”

Boehly is even viewed favorably by his Premier League counterparts, due to hosting a dinner for the EPL leaders. I mean, the American was even spotted at a Pearl Jam summer concert drinking beer in his spare time. The Boehly legacy begins. While not everything has gone CFC’s way yet, the era has started in a very interesting way!

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