Good morning Chelsea fans
Antonio Rudiger is on the verge of joining Real Madrid this summer.
Thomas Tuchel has already confirmed the defender will leave Chelsea on a free transfer.
And Real are now close to agreeing a lucrative four-year deal with the German.
Chelsea are already on the hunt for replacements.
And it’s reckoned Tuchel’s top choice is Jules Kounde.
Indeed, the defender has already told Sevilla he wants to leave.
But it remains to be seen if the Spaniards play ball after effectively blocking a transfer last year.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Riyad Mahrez this summer.
The Man City star is out of contract in 2023 and is a prime target for AC Milan.
Foot Mercato claims PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also monitoring the situation.
But Chelsea have emerged as prime contenders to Milan for Mahrez’s signature.
Finally, the successful bidders for Chelsea must guarantee that they will stay in charge of the football club for at least ten years.
Raine Group, the merchant bank overseeing the sale of the Blues, has contacted the three remaining parties to ask that any controlling shareholders do not sell their prospective stakes until at least 2032.