Todd Boehly named as preferred Chelsea bidder whilst Lewis Hamilton looks ‘to drop’ his bid, Barca eye Lukaku

Good morning Blues fans

LA Dodgers boss Todd Boehly is set to win the battle to own Chelsea – despite a last-gasp bid by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

That’s because Boehly’s group has ALREADY been given preferred status by Roman Abramovich’s brokers, the US-based Raine Group,

Boehly’s team were told they had been granted a “period of exclusivity” to discuss the final terms and conditions of a takeover package.

And there are no suggestions that Raine are willing to entertain such a rapid change of course, with Ratcliffe simply too late to the party.

The British billionaire approached Raine this morning and submitted an offer in the area of ​​£4billion.

The owner of petrochemicals giant, Ineos, met with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a bid for consideration.

Ratcliffe told The Times: “We put an offer in this morning.

“We are the only British bid. Our motives are simply to try and create a very fine club in London. We have no profit motive because we make our money in other ways.”.

Ratcliffe, a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, wishes to use £1.75bn of his offer in order to upgrade the team and stadium.

But Boehly’s bid now looks set to be the successful one.

Elsewhere, Anton Ferdinand has urged West Ham to raid Chelsea for Armando Broja.

He exclusively told SunSport: “I’d like us to go and get Broja, who’s at Southampton on loan from Chelsea.

“He’s exciting. He can finish. He’s a powerful young man.

“Not the same but similar to Antonio in terms of his presence and strength.

“He’s willing to run and occupy two centre-backs and for me personally, he’s somebody that West Ham should look to go and get.”

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