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Dec for Chelsea stories to die as club goes up for sale

Roman Abramovich’s decision to put Chelsea up for sale should stop the two year ‘Declan Rice for Chelsea’ media circus in its tracks.

The reality is that whoever buys the south west London club will need to repay the Russian owner over £2 billion he has sunk into the club.

Chelsea is going to be nothing like the same club with Abramovich gone.

And with Declan’s price rising almost by the week the chances of the club coming in for the Hammers skipper in its new circumstances now look entirely remote.

There was never any certainty it was ever going to happen anyway but it is now as close to a non starter as one can imagine.

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With Erling Haaland the £120 million Manchester City target this summer Declan is certainly not on his way to the Etihad .

And that leaves only Manchester United as an interested Premier League club and they too are highly unlikely to be forking out the sort of cash required even if the player was interested in joining them.

There’s going to be a few websites and newspapers wondering what on earth to write given the circumstances on a story that is clearly going nowhere

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4 comments on “Dec for Chelsea stories to die as club goes up for sale

  1. Not sure I totally agree with this assertion. It’s been widely reported that the one thing stopping Dec going back to Chelsea would be Roman Abramovich’s unwillingness NOT to fork out (hundred/s?) of millions on a player they “let go for nothing” but with him no longer in charge of the purse strings at Chelsea I think this move could still very much be on, obviously depending on the depth of the new owners pockets… Obviously I’d much rather he stayed here but you never know…

  2. I don’t get the logic here tbh. Abramovich has apparently said he is not looking for his “loan” to be repaid. In any case any loan due for repayment would simply be taken into consideration when the club’s valuation is calculated. Chelsea are now an established European CL competitor with all the financial advantages that brings. Abramovich’s money enabled them to buy into that particular club but that stage of their development was done years ago. They now have an income stream commensurate with a leading club and a youth academy which is arguably the best in the country. If they decide they want Declan Rice, or any other player, they will still have the financial means to bid for the player. Nothing will change.

  3. Declan Rice will be at West Ham next season, newly installed as club captain.

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