According to sources close to the Russian, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reached an agreement with the UK government that would enable the club’s sale to go smoothly following rumors that it had encountered a hitch earlier this week.
The obstacle that was keeping Todd Boehly and his consortium from completing their acquisition seem to have been solved. According to the PA news agency, an agreement has been struck over how the £1.5 billion debt owing to Abramovich would be handled.
Despite the Oligarch’s insistence that he did not want the loan returned, the authorities allegedly remained concerned that he might change his mind later and demand the money. That looks to have been settled, allowing Boehly’s group to complete their purchase before the end of the month.
Earlier this month, Thomas Tuchel revealed that his team’s performances have suffered as a result of the off-field controversy. Chelsea have been knocked out of three competitions in recent months, putting their spot in the top four in jeopardy, and manager Jose Mourinho believes it was inevitable that his team would get distracted.
“I don’t believe there’s any use in hiding from the reality that it’s a distraction,” Tuchel said earlier this month. “It’s a matter of how much we can still do while being distracted, frightened, or handicapped by it.
“We are now the only club suffering in this manner, and we may be the first club to do so in history. It’s a one-of-a-kind and difficult circumstance. Everyone, of course, wants it explained. These are positive developments.
“We’ve been waiting for it for a long time because as a club, we need good energy and competitive culture. That is why it is critical that things go forward.”