Manchester United set to hijack Chelsea move for Tuchel’s prime target

Manchester United have offered Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembele a contract of between £8.4million (€10m) and £12.5m (€15m) net per season.

According to El Chiringuito journalist Dario Montero, United have submitted a contract proposal to the player.

Barca are aware of the Red Devils’ offer and now have to decide how hard they want to work to keep the forward at the Nou Camp.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are also keeping tabs on the France international.

Chelsea’s manager Thomas Tuchel is equally reportedly interested in reuniting with Dembele at Stamford Bridge.

Abramovich reacts to reports he’s angling to be repaid his Chelsea’s £1.6billion loan

Roman Abramovich has insisted his position over the sale of Chelsea is unchanged and he has not asked for any loan to be repaid to him, saying such suggestions are false.

Reports have suggested Russian billionaire Abramovich, who was sanctioned by the UK Government on March 10, could insist on his £1.6billion loan being repaid, which could jeopardise the entire sale process of the Premier League club.

However, a spokesperson for Abramovich said in a statement posted on the Chelsea website: “Firstly, Mr Abramovich’s intentions in relation to gifting the proceeds from the Chelsea sale to charity have not changed.

“Since the initial announcement, Mr Abramovich’s team has identified senior representatives from UN bodies and large global charitable organisations who have been tasked with forming a Foundation and setting out a plan for its activities.

“The lead independent expert has had conversations with Government representatives presenting the structure and initial plans.

“Mr Abramovich has not been involved in this work and it has been managed independently by experts with years of experience working in humanitarian organisations.”

The statement added: “Secondly, Mr Abramovich has not asked for any loan to be repaid to him – such suggestions are entirely false – as are suggestions that Mr Abramovich increased the price of the club last minute.

“As part of Mr Abramovich’s objective to find a good custodian for Chelsea FC, he has however encouraged each bidder throughout this process to commit investing in the club – including in the Academy, Women’s team, necessary redevelopment of the stadium as well as maintaining the work of Chelsea Foundation.

“Following sanctions and other restrictions imposed on Mr Abramovich by the UK since announcing that the club would be sold, the loan has also become subject to EU sanctions, requiring additional approvals.

“That means that the funds will be frozen and subject to a legal procedure governed by authorities. These funds are still earmarked for the Foundation. The Government are aware of these restrictions as well as the legal implications.

“To be clear, Mr Abramovich has no access or control of these funds and will not have any access or control of these funds following the sale. Despite the changing circumstances since his initial announcement – he remains committed to finding a good custodian for Chelsea FC and making sure the proceeds go to good causes.”

Elsewhere, the two failed Chelsea bidders believe Jim Ratcliffe will become a serious player in the race to buy the club should Boehly’s £3.5billion deal collapse, despite Britain’s richest man being told he isn’t under consideration.

Sources close to the process insist Blues-owner-in-waiting Boehly, through his consortium which includes investment firm Clearlake Capital, still intends to seal a deal despite the uncertainty created by Abramovich’s apparent attempts to renege on a promise to write off a £1.6billion debt.

Boehly is in the middle of a five day exclusivity period during which time he is required to sign a purchase agreement, which is expected to be a formality.

But, if for any reason Boehly’s takeover does break down, there is a belief among the other two shortlisted consortiums – led by UK businessman Sir Martin Broughton and US tycoon Steve Pagliuca – that Ratcliffe’s last-gasp £4.25bn offer for Chelsea will be taken seriously and could usurp their own positions as back-up choices.

Carlo Ancelotti in tears after Real Madrid’s stunning comeback to beat Man City

Carlo Ancelotti burst into tears after Real Madrid’s stunning comeback against Manchester City.

Los Blancos somehow won 3-1 on the night to seal a stunning 6-5 aggregate victory.

Rodrygo Goes netted twice in the final minute of the match for the Spanish giants as Pep Guardiola’s side capitulated in the closing stages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Karim Benzema’s penalty in extra-time sealed the progress for the Spanish giants after City had led 5-3 on aggregate going into the final minute of regulation time.

It was another stunning comeback from Los Blancos – who enjoyed similar revivals from the dead against both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages – to ensure that Ancelotti became the first manager to reach five Champions League finals, having become the first coach to win each of Europe’s top five leagues.

And they will now take on Liverpool in this month’s final for a potential 14th European Cup.

After possibly the most dramatic 120 minutes of his career, Ancelotti was overcome with emotion on full-time at the Bernabeu.

As the final whistle went, Ancelotti turned to embrace his son, Real assistant boss Davide.

And cameras caught the heartwarming hug as the Los Blancos boss cried into his son’s arms.

Ancelotti’s emotional display was in stark contrast to his LaLiga title celebrations at the weekend.

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