Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to have been the victim of an alleged poisoning during peace talks in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the fallout of Stamford Bridge legends Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard has been picked up again
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The billionaire who put the Stamford Bridge outfit up for sale after the Russian invasion of Ukraine before the British government sanctioned him for his alleged links Wladimir Putin, was exposed to suspected poisoning after a meeting in Kyiv in early March. At least two senior negotiators are also said to have been affected, with the poisoning said to have left the Chelsea owner suffering from several uncomfortable symptoms.
It comes as details on how Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard’s ‘love story’ together at Chelsea came to an end – and the pair fell out afterwards. And the club’s takeover talks are still ongoing as a timeline begins to emerge.
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The bidding process continues
Potential Chelsea buyers now have just three weeks to finalize their plans for a takeover as the list of candidates has been reduced to just four remaining candidates.
Todd Boehly and Hansjorg Wyss are still in the frame, as is the Ricketts family, with competition from Boston Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca as well as a consortium led by ex-Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton.
Raine Group completed the sale and advised all shortlisted candidates that they have until April 11 to submit their final plans.
But who will end up in the hot seat?
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How Mou and Lamps’ “Love Story” ended
Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard were the pillars of Chelsea’s success in the noughties.
Mourinho was undoubtedly one of the best managers in the world when he rocked at Stamford Bridge in 2004, billing himself as ‘The Special One’. And at Lampard, he found the club already had someone he would describe as ‘the best player in the world’ just a year later.
They won six trophies before Mourinho’s shock exit in 2007 and formed a special bond in the process – but Mourinho allowed Lamps to leave Chelsea during his second spell at the club in 2014. mirror football Has Take a look at Mourinho and Lampard’s relationship, what went wrong and how they started rekindling their friendship.
Abramovich’s poisoning symptoms
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich suffered some horrific symptoms from suspected poisoning while attending peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.
The Russian billionaire reportedly had peeling skin and constant, painful crying. Abramovich was reportedly taking part in the negotiations on behalf of the Kremlin, and a spokesman said he was working towards a “peaceful solution”.
But the talks went awry when Abramovich and at least two senior negotiators on the Ukrainian side died in the alleged poisoning.
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