Chelsea news LIVE: Blues urged to stop singing Abramovich songs, NY Jets owner and Saudi firm join takeover race

NEW YORK JETS ownerWoody Johnson and a private Saudi consortium have joined the race to buy Chelsea, according to reports.

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is said to have had over 300 parties express their interest in buying the club he values at £3billion.

And Turkish billionaire Muhsin Bayrak says he is in talks to buy the club, adding: "The Turkish flag will fly over London!"

But Abramovich is said to have rejected a £2.5bn offer for the West Londoners from another group.

Follow ALL of the latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge right here…

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  • Jake Lambourne

    Morning football news

    American billionaire Todd Boehly and his Swiss business partner Hansjorg Wyss are waiting to hear back after making an offer for Chelsea.

    Roman Abramovich wants around £3billion for his club — but city experts claim he will be lucky to get half that amount.

    The Russian oligarch has set an initial March 15 deadline for bids to buy the club he bought for £140million in 2003.

    And Boehly, part-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team, is just one of several interested parties.

    Chelsea fans are pleading for an end to pro-Roman Abramovich chants during tributes to Ukraine after the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust echoed the club’s view they should show respect.

    Saturday’s 4-0 win at Burnley was overshadowed by a section of the travelling support interrupting the minute’s applause.

    Dan Silver, spokesperson for the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, said: “The CST has been steadfast in support of the people of Ukraine. Singing Mr Abramovich’s name at that time was clearly inappropriate.

    “There is a time and a place for it. From minute one to 90 during the match is fine but not during the one minute marked as a tribute to the people of Ukraine.

    “With Norwich we hope supporters take on board the comments of the manager and respect the minute’s applause or silence.”

    Elsewhere Manchester United and Arsenal have been handed a blow in the pursuit of Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.

    The playmaker is out of contract in the East Midlands in the summer of 2024 and has been strongly linked with a move away.

    But now when asked about staying at Leicester Tielemans said: “Yes, why not? This is a club where you have the best environment you can have, especially with this new training ground. The people around you just want the best for you.

    “It’s brilliant to be here. I really like it here. We’ll see what’s coming in the future.

    “But I think the environment is just perfect to win trophies here. You can’t predict the future but I think everything around the club and inside the club is made for it.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Bid made for Chelsea

    American billionaire Todd Boehly and his Swiss business partner Hansjorg Wyss are waiting to hear back after making an offer for Chelsea.

    Roman Abramovich wants around £3billion for his club — but city experts claim he will be lucky to get half that amount.

    The Russian oligarch has set an initial March 15 deadline for bids to buy the club he bought for £140million in 2003.

    And Boehly, part-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team, is just one of several interested parties.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Newcastle join Rudiger transfer race

    Newcastle United are reportedly plotting an ambitious swoop to sign Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger.

    The German defender is yet to agree a new contract with the Blues with his deal set to expire in June.

    And now The Telegraph claim Saudi-backed Newcastle are targeting him.

    However, the centre-back’s wages could prove to be a stumbling block as Newcastle’s new owners allegedly do not want to go over their £200,000-a-week wage structure and will only offer him that.

    Both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain also want Rudiger – and he is aware that he could pocket around £400,000-a-week by joining them for nothing.

    The Blues' most recent contract offer to Rudiger is believed to have been around half of that figure.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    More reported Chelsea interest

    US billionaire and Crystal Palace minority shareholder Josh Harris is reportedly weighing up bidding for Chelsea.

    According to the Financial Times, Chelsea are hoping to sell to either a European-based or American billionaire – favouring Harris.

    The 57-year-old bought an 18 per cent stake in Crystal Palace back in 2015.

    Harris has owned NBA franchise the Philadelphia 76ers alongside business partner David Blitzer, who also owns 18 per cent of Palace, since 2011.

    The duo then purchased the New Jersey Devils of the NHL two years later.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal dealt transfer blow

    Barcelona have reportedly offered Arsenal target Noussair Mazraoui a contract for a free transfer in the summer.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims Barca have tabled a proposal for the 24-year-old Ajax man.

    Mazraoui is out of contract at the end of the season and destined to leave the club upon the expiry of his current deal.

    Arsenal have been linked in the past, although it’s Barca who are claimed to have submitted a concrete proposal.

    Leeds are also reportedly keen on the right-back, as are AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Full time at Anfield

    The full time whistle has also blown at Anfield, and Liverpool will join Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

    Lautaro Martinez's goal meant the Reds lost 1-0 on the night, but their 2-0 win in Milan was enough to get the job done.

    Inter will be ruing a red card for Alexis Sanchez soon after they scored, and the tie may have perhaps been different had he not been sent off.

    Either way it was a brilliant game at Anfield, and Liverpool have got the job done.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Full time in Munich

    Bayern Munich have coasted into the Champions League quarter-finals after a 7-1 demolition against RB Salzburg.

    The tie was finely poised heading into the second leg, but a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick, Thomas Muller brace, plus goals from Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry saw the progress at a canter.

    Salazburg did score one consolation, but an 8-2 defeat on aggregate makes for grim reading for the Austrians.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Drama at Anfield!

    It's all going on at Anfield!

    Lautaro gave Inter Milan momentary hope with a stunning strike to put Inter Milan 1-0 ahead on the night.

    But just seconds later former Arsenal and Manchester United man Alexis Sanchez was sent off for a second bookable offence.

    And then a member of Inter's backroom staff was also sent off for his protests from the dugout.

    There's still 25 minutes to play with Liverpool 2-1 up on aggregate, but Inter have got it all to do with 10 men now.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    City nearly missed crown Jules

    Manchester City January signing Julian Alvarez came close to signing for Real Madrid.

    That's according to River Plate owner Matias Patanian.

    City signed the 22-year-old from the Argentinian outfit for £17m in January, before loaning him back for the remainder of the season.

    And Patanian told El Chiringuito : "Really, Madrid sounded very loud, even here. No, no, City came directly a few months ago and we were able to really get Julian to be sold but have him staying."

    He went on to add: "He did a trial at Madrid, but I think he’s of River."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Lewandowski breaks Champions League record

    Robert Lewandowski's 11 minute hat-trick is actually the QUICKEST in Champions League history.

    The big Pole got the ball rolling in the 12th minute, stroking home a penalty after he had been fouled in the box.

    He then added another from the spot nine minutes later to put his side in a dominant position.

    It took just two more minutes for the 33-year-old to seal a 23-minute hat-trick, when he tapped the ball in with his thigh from a yard out following some shambolic Salzburg defending.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Champions League half time scores

    The whistles have blown for half time in the Champions League last-sixteen second legs.

    At Anfield the deadlock is yet to be broken, while in Munich Serge Gnabry added to Robert Lewandowski's 11 minute hat-trick to make it 4-0 to Bayern on the night.

    • Liverpool (2) 0-0 (0) Inter Milan
    • Bayern Munich (1) 4-0 (1) RB Salzburg

    Noa way to act

    Arsenal transfer target Noa Lang caused controversy as he stormed down the tunnel after being substituted for Club Brugge.

    The £33million-rated winger has reportedly been scouted by the Gunners for months.

    And multiple sources in Belgium and Lang’s native Netherlands have claimed Arsenal are ready to submit a bid.

    The 22-year-old has scored eight times and registered a further 12 assists so far this term but despite his good form, his mood appears to be quite the opposite.

    Brugge were cruising to victory at Seraing and leading by three goals when his manager Alfred Schreuder decided to give him a rest in the 63rd-minute.

    Bas Dost was brought on to replace him – but Lang was absolutely furious and marched straight down the tunnel as he headed for the showers.

    Make it a hat-trick

    Robert Lewandowski has scored an 11 minute hat-trick to make it 3-0 to Bayern Munich.

    It's fairly safe to say that tie is done and dusted.

    Bayern lead RB Salzburg 3-0 on the night, and 4-1 on aggregate.

    Another goal in the Champions League

    Bayern Munich have gone 2-0 up now at home to RB Salzburg, making it 3-1 on aggregate to the Germans.

    And there's no prizes for guessing the goalscorer.

    Yep, it's Robert Lewandowski again, who now has 11 Champions League goals in just 7-and-a-quarter games this season.

    Champions League goal alert

    Robert Lewandowski has given Bayern Munich the early lead from the penalty spot in their last-sixteen second leg against RB Salzburg.

    The Germans are now 2-1 up on aggregate following that goal on 12 minutes, and favourites now to qualify at a canter.

    Meanwhile in the other game it's still 0-0 at Anfield 15 minutes in, but to their credit Inter have started the game well.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      More Milinkovic-Savic United rumours

      Reports in Italy suggest Manchester United could reignite their interest in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

      The Red Devils have a longstanding interest in the 27-year-old, and could make their move this summer if Paul Pogba leaves.

      Gazzetta dello Sport claim Lazio are willing to listen to offers in the region of £58-66million with Milinkovic-Savic into the final two years of his contract.

      United had previously been quoted upwards of £100m for the Serbian international.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Kick off in the Champions League!

      Both Champions League last-sixteen second legs are underway!

      Liverpool host Inter Milan with a two goal advantage from the first leg, while Bayern Munich's game at home to RB Salzburg is finely poised at 1-1.

      Who are you backing to be the first two teams to make it to the quarter-finals?

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Redknapp – 'Something wrong' with Alli

      Harry Redknapp has hit out at former Spurs man Dele Alli, calling his return to Tottenham with Everton as 'almost embarrassing'.

      Dele has started just one Premier League match since signing for the Toffees on transfer deadline day.

      And speaking on talkSPORT, Redknapp said: "There’s got to be something wrong.

      "What’s happened to Dele Alli? Frank [Lampard] brought him in and was so excited about signing him, there’s got to be something wrong with what he’s doing as he can’t get in the team.

      "He goes back to Tottenham last night and it’s almost embarrassing. He was such a big player and when you go back to your old club you don’t want to sit on the bench.

      "You want to show them what you can do. He’s done nothing since he’s been there.

      "I’ve been one of his biggest fans, but there’s a few of them that need to start performing as they are in desperate trouble."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Juventus eyeing Laca free transfer

      Serie A giants Juventus are reportedly keen on a move for out of contract Arsenal man Alexandre Lacazette.

      Juve stole Dusan Vlahovic from under the noses of the Gunners in January but still want to add another striker to their ranks, according to Calciomercato.

      The Frenchman would provide Vlahovic with competition for a starting spot, as well as act as a mentor to the club’s youngsters.

      And after splashing over £60million on Vlahovic last month, Juve are targeting a low cost transfer, with soon to be free agent Lacazette fitting the bill.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      United and Arsenal in Tielemans transfer blow

      Manchester United and Arsenal have been handed a blow in the pursuit of Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.

      The playmaker is out of contract in the East Midlands in the summer of 2024 and has been strongly linked with a move away.

      But now when asked about staying at Leicester, as per Leicestershire Live, Tielemans said: "Yes, why not?

      "This is a club where you have the best environment you can have, especially with this new training ground. The people around you just want the best for you.

      "It’s brilliant to be here. I really like it here. We’ll see what’s coming in the future.

      "But I think the environment is just perfect to win trophies here. You can’t predict the future but I think everything around the club and inside the club is made for it."

      Credit: Getty
    • Giacomo Pisa

      Liverpool XI to face Inter

      Jurgen Klopp and Co welcome Inter Milan to Anfield this evening in a mammoth Champions League tie.

      The Reds have a two goal lead going into the game, and are boosted by the return of Thiago in midfield.

      He's missed Liverpool's last three games after picking up a knock in the warm up before the Carabao Cup final.

      And here's how the hosts line up:

      1 Alisson, 66 Alexander-Arnold, 32 Matip, 4 Van Dijk, 26 Robertson, 6 Thiago, 3 Fabinho, 17 Jones, 10 Mane, 20 Jota, 11 Salah

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Laporta doesn't regret Messi exit

      Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists he has no regrets over his stunning decision to allow Lionel Messi to call time on his Barcelona career.

      The Camp Nou chief insisted he had to put the needs of the cash-strapped club above all else.

      According to Mundo Deportivo, Laporta, told Barca TV: “It was painful. If I take stock, it is the saddest decision of all and I would never have wanted to make it.

      "But I am not sorry either because I wanted to put the institution ahead of everything, even ahead of coaches and the best player in history. 

      “And we had to do it because the situation we inherited is what it was. And due to a lot of will and intentionality we had, we came across a reality. 

      “It might seem that there was nothing afterwards, but those of us who love Barca know that history continues and with work and well-thought-out decisions, we can continue on the path of success.”

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Neymar wary of Real Madrid

      Superstar Neymar reckons the Champions League last-sixteen second leg between Real Madrid and PSG is '50-50', despite the French side taking a 1-0 lead to the Bernabeu.

      The two sides faced off on Wednesday for a place in the last eight of the competition.

      And Neymar said: "PSG against Real Madrid is always going to be 50-50. There'll never be a favourite. There are top players in both teams.

      "It's true that we have a 1-0 lead. But we really can't think about that.

      "We will have to do better than Madrid on Wednesday night and by doing that we will take home the victory."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Blues double deal stuttering

      Chelsea were trying to sign Jules Kounde and Raphinha before Roman Abramovich decided to sell the club.

      With Abramovich gone Chelsea may not possess the same spending power as they have for the last 19 years and that could scupper a move for long-term target Kounde.

      Although Fabrizio Romano has said the defender and Leeds star Raphinha will remain on Chelsea's transfer wishlist despite the impending change in ownership.

      The Blues were desperate to land Kounde last summer but Sevilla rejected multiple transfer bids because they did not meet the £68.5million price tag they placed on the Frenchman.

      Chelsea were also keen on a January move for Raphinha along with West Ham but Leeds would not let him leave given their precarious league position.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Nou Camp to be renamed

      Sticking with Barcelona, reports suggest the Spaniards are close to changing the name of their iconic stadium.

      The ground is set to be renamed to the 'Spotify Camp Nou'.

      That's according to outlet Sport, who claim an agreement between Barca and the music streaming giants will come into effect once upgrades around the stadium begin this summer.

      Elsewhere, according to the Daily Mail, the deal will be worth a whopping £237million for the Catalan giants.

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