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Shortlisted Chelsea bidders to meet with Thomas Tuchel and Marina Granovskaia in key talks that could sway decision

POTENTIAL Chelsea buyers will be given the opportunity to hold talks with manager Thomas Tuchel and Marina Granovskaia before a £2.5billion takeover.

The European champions were put up for sale by owner Roman Abramovich shortly before he was sanctioned by the UK government.

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Tuchel will also be given the opportunity to speak with the shortlisted parties[/caption]

Abramovich had his assets frozen due to his ties with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who authorised the invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

Chelsea have whittled down their list of potential buyers to just a handful of consortiums.

The Blues are now set to choose from options that includes a group involving Seb Coe, ex-Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton and two American businessmen.

Another option is Todd Boehly and Hansjorg Wyss’ coalition.

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Controversial American Tom Ricketts is also through to the next round while property developer Nick Candy remains an outside bet.

Boston Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca has also made it onto the shortlist. 

And according to The Times, all parties will be given the opportunity to hold talks with manager Tuchel and director Granovskaia.

Those talks could prove pivotal to swaying who is ultimately named as the preferred bidder.

Granovskaia is close to Abramovich and oversees the club’s transfer business.

The 47-year-old has been a key part of Abramovich’s real inner circle for the best part of two decades.

Granovskaia was initially an assistant at Sibneft, the oil conglomerate which helped turn Abramovich into an oligarch and one of the world’s wealthiest men.

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Boss Tuchel will be hoping for a swift takeover with his transfer plans KO’d by sanctions.

The German had hoped to sign Chicago Fire’s Gabriel Slonina but talks have broken down.

Chelsea had originally agreed to sign Slonina, 17, for a fee of around £5.5million.

However, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the deal recently collapsed due to the sanctions that have been placed on the club by the UK Government.

The club also have a number of players who’s contracts are close to expiring and as things stand they are unable to offer them new deals.

Seb Coe is part of a British-American consortium hoping to buy Chelsea


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