Chelsea supremo Marina Granovskaia ‘is about to LEAVE at the end of the transfer window’
Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea supremo Marina Granovskaia ‘is set to QUIT at the end of the transfer window’, after overseeing Todd Boehly’s £200m outlay with the club’s director of football ‘Atletico Madrid, Andrea Berta, “the first choice to replace her”
- Marina Granovskaia is a key player at Chelsea and oversees club transfers
- Granovskaia was expected to stay despite Todd Boehly’s £4.25billion takeover
- Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel had hoped Granovskaia would stay in his role
Chelsea manager and transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is set to leave the club in August, according to reports in Germany.
German newspaper Bild reports that Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta is set to replace Granovskaia – one of Roman Abramovich‘s closest advisers – at Stamford Bridge.
The news comes just days after a consortium led by US tycoon Todd Boehly completed its £4.25bn takeover of the Premier League club.
Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia is set to leave the club in August
Thomas Tuchel had hoped Granovskaia would stay in his role at Stamford Bridge
The news comes just days after Boehly and Clearlake Capital signed the deal to buy the club
Granovskaia worked on transfers and contracts under Roman Abramovich. She became its representative at the club in 2010 then joined the board of directors in 2013 before becoming its general manager the following year.
She was due to stay at Stamford Bridge following the Boehly takeover, but chose to walk away from the club, according to BILD. President Bruce Buck is expected to remain in place.
Thomas Tuchel had publicly expressed his wish that Granovskaia, who won the Best Sporting Director award at the last Golden Boy Awards, would stay in her role after stressing the need for continuity as the club embarks on a new era.
Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta (left) is set to succeed Granovskaia
“I can only tell you so far it’s been a great relationship that has worked so well for me and also I hope the other two make those decisions and have updates in a small circle of communication and responsibility,” said Tuchel.
“I hope it stays that way, but I have no influence in that, no information if it does.”
But Julian Knight, chairman of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, has warned that those involved at Chelsea under Abramovich should not be part of the Stamford Bridge revolution.
Granovskaia set to receive £20m following takeover by Boehly consortium
Granovskaia worked closely with former Russian Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
“Any continuity with the Abramovich regime at Chelsea is certainly a troubling development,” Knight told the Financial Times.
“There needs to be clarity around the process to make sure everything is done to the letter.”
Reports say Granovskaia will receive £20million from the sale of Chelsea to Boehly and Clearlake Capital.
Granovskaia’s last major role at the club will be overseeing the spending of a £200m wartime budget to be handed to manager Thomas Tuchel as he attempts to revamp his squad after government sanctions imposed in response are lifted. to Russia‘s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. .
Chelsea are set to embark on a new era under Boehly after a troubled time for the club
Defense will be a priority for the German manager as Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger leave as free agents to join Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, while the futures of captains Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are uncertain.
Sevilla’s much-loved centre-back Jules Kounde is set to become the first signing of the Boehly era.
Atletico defender Jose Gimenez has also been linked with a move to Chelsea, which could be bolstered if Berta takes over from Granovskaia.
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele are all said to be of interest to the Blues.