Date: 25th May 2022 at 12:28pm
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The takeover of Chelsea Football Club looks to have finally overcome all obstacles, with the UK government giving the green light to the deal. 

A consortium led by American Todd Boehly is set to take charge of the club, ending Roman Abramovich’s nearly 20-year long stint at the helm.

The Russian businessman was sanctioned by the UK government earlier this year for his alleged ties to Vladimir Putin, and Chelsea have since been operating under a special licence, which is due to expire at the end of this month.

Now, though, the issue appears to be close to being resolved, and the new owners will reportedly back current boss Thomas Tuchel.

As per The Telegraph, the German will be handed a £200 million budget to rebuild a squad that could become quite depleted in the coming weeks.

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are both set to be out of contract next month and have already agreed deals with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

Both Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could also leave, with Barcelona linked with moves for the Spanish pair too.

Kounde could become the first signing of the Boehly era at Stamford Bridge

Jorginho is another name that has been linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge, with a return to Italy his most likely destination.

The Blues also have the conundrum of what to do with £100 million signing Romelu Lukaku, who has failed to impress during his first season back in England.

The Belgian has been linked with an exit this summer, although Chelsea will likely struggle to regain much of the fee that paid for him.

Tuchel could therefore have a number of gaps in his squad, and will be looking for reinforcements, primarily in defence.

A number of targets have already been identified, according to reports, with Jules Kounde likely to be the first signing of the Boehly era.

The French defender was close to joining the Blues last summer before the deal fell through, but it is believed that the transfer will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Tuchel is also keen on adding a midfielder to his ranks, and Declan Rice has been a target for over 12 months now but could stay put at West Ham after their qualification for the Europa Conference League.

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