Todd Boehly named preferred Chelsea bidder, while Lewis Hamilton appears to “drop” his bid, Barca see Lukaku

Good morning Blues fans

LA Dodgers boss Todd Boehly is set to win the battle to own Chelsea – despite a final gasp from Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

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

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

And there are no hints that Raine is willing to entertain such a rapid change of course where Ratcliffe is simply too late for the party.

The British billionaire approached Raine this morning and made an offer of £ 4 billion.

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

Ratcliffe told The Times: “We came up with an offer this morning.

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

Ratcliffe, a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, wants to spend £ 1.75 billion of his offer to upgrade the team and stadium.

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

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

He told SunSport exclusively: “I would like us to go and pick up Broja, who is in Southampton on loan from Chelsea.

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

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

“He is willing to run and occupy two central defenders and for me personally he is one that West Ham should look to get.”

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