Roman Abramovich has filed a lawsuit at the EU’s general court against the European Union Council, which imposed sanctions on the former Chelsea owner as part of measures targeting Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s close allies.
The EU in March included the Russian oligarch on its list of individuals targeted with frozen assets and travel bans over their role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Officials from the Council and the EU’s court could not comment on the details of the legal case when contacted Tuesday.
Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea after being sanctioned by the British government for what it called his enabling of Putin’s “brutal and barbaric invasion” of Ukraine.
The sale of the Premier League club for £2.5 billion ($3.2bn), the highest price ever paid for a sports team was completed Monday by a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly.
It marked the end of the trophy-filled, 19-year tenure of Abramovich. The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, said Portuguese authorities confirmed that the sale of Chelsea by Abramovich, who holds a Portuguese passport does not benefit him or an entity associated with him, and that the proceeds would only be released for humanitarian activities in Ukraine.
Ivan Perisic says it is a privilege to work with Antonio Conte again and is excited to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League with Tottenham.
The new Spurs winger said: “I’m really excited to start with the Spurs family.
“When I got a call from the coach and sporting director, I said I really wanted to play in the Premier League since 2009 when I starting to play professional football in Belgium. This is the moment and I can’t wait.
“I was waiting [in] the last two to three games, I was watching. After the victory against Arsenal, it was obvious Tottenham would go in the Champions League and it was good for me because I want to play the best games, do a great job in Champions League and Premier League and both cups.
“It was always my dream to play in the best five leagues in the world and the Premier League was a missing puzzle [piece]. Now I’m here and my hope is it’s going to be perfect.
“It’s a privilege to work with a coach like this.
“He’s living football, every minute, ever hour, every day. When he’s sleeping, he’s thinking about football. I like his character and I know he’s going to do a great job here.
“I’m going to bring a lot of hard work, I like to work a lot, for the team. I can play several positions in the system Tottenham is playing now.
“I’ll bring also a lot of experience, I used to play for a lot of great clubs.”
AC Milan star Rafael Leao has been attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs across Europe recently, but Foot Mercato indicates that Manchester City now plan to join the race for his signature.
Pep Guardiola’s side reportedly see the 22-year-old forward as a potential replacement for Raheem Sterling.
Leao was involved in a number of important goals for the Rossoneri last season, with 19 total goal contributions across 34 games in the Serie A title winning campaign.
That has seen him linked with Real Madrid, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting last week that the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy were prepared to part ways with €120 million to secure the Portugal international’s services.
But with Man City and Paris Saint-Germain keeping tabs on Leao, a transfer battle could soon be triggered if an official approach is made from either one of the three European giants keen to land one of Milan’s best prospects.
Ivan Perisic has completed his move to Spurs after signing a two-year deal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Linked with the Croatian international in the past, the 33-year-old has signed on the dotted line in N17 with his deal at Inter Milan due to expire at the end of June.
Arriving in the capital on Sunday and staying overnight at The Lodge, the club’s state-of-the-art accommodation for the team, at their Hotspur Way training base, the left wing-back then completed his medical on Monday.
He signed a two-year deal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which according to football.london, is worth €6million (£5.1m) a year, which works out at £98,000 a week.
Reuniting with his former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte having played for him as a left wing-back for the Nerazzurri, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man will help boost the head coach’s options in that area of the pitch.
A key position in Conte’s system with the wing-backs expected to chip in with plenty of goals and assists, Perisic will be a valuable addition after hitting ten goals and nine assists for Inter in 2021/22.
The player will also bring a wealth of experience to Tottenham after making over 650 appearances in total throughout his career for club and country. Playing a major role in Croatia’s run to the 2018 World Cup final, the new Spurs man has won two Bundesliga titles, Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League during his career so far.