Chelsea news LIVE: Rudiger to leave in summer CONFIRMED, Lewis Hamilton's takeover interest latest – transfer updates

CHELSEA are reportedly one of a number of clubs interested in signing Juventus loanee Merih Demiral.

The defender has caught the eye of Europe's biggest sides and the Blues could be tempted into luring him to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are set to need a new centre-back following confirmation that Antonio Rudiger is leaving the club this summer.

And Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his interest in purchasing a stake in the club.

Keep up to date with all of the latest gossip from the takeover in our live blog…

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    Out of Luk

    Chelsea ace Romelu Lukaku is wanted by AC Milan in a shock summer transfer.

    The near-£100million-rated Lukaku has struggled to adapt to life back in London since his move away from Milan's rivals Inter Milan.

    The striker also upset the Blues and their fans late last year after an interview he did with Sky Italia, where he claimed he was unhappy and missed Inter as well as life in Italy

    And according to Goal, the Rossoneri could offer the Belgium international an easy escape this summer.

    However, the fee Chelsea could command, as well as Lukaku's mega £325,000-a-week salary, could prove to be a problem

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    Who is Sir Martin Broughton?

    Although he has been a life-long Chelsea fan, Sir Martin Broughton spent a short spell as Liverpool chairman in 2010, the ownership lasted from April 10 until October 13 2010.

    He was appointed by the Royal Bank of Scotland as owner, after Tom Hicks and George Gillett were looking to sell the Reds.

    This happened after the 2009-2010 season saw the Merseysiders finish seventh and not qualify for the Champions League.

    Finding itself in crisis, Liverpool looked to secure a new owner to oversee the transfer of ownership to the Americans.

    On December 1, 2010, New England Sport Ventures' Tom Werner took over as chairman.

    As of March this year, Broughton started leading a billionaire consortium alongside Seb Coe to buy rivals Chelsea

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    Hamilton's support for Arsenal

    Lewis Hamilton said he was bullied into supporting Arsenal amid his participation in Sir Martin Broughton's bid to buy Chelsea.

    Hamilton said: "When I was young, I used to play football as a kid around the corner and I really wanted to fit in. I was the only kid of colour there.

    "All the kids supported someone different and I remember switching between these teams and when I'd get home my sister would basically beat me, saying you have to support Arsenal!

    "At five, six years old I supported Arsenal but my uncle Terry is a big Blues fan, so I've been to so many games with him to watch Chelsea and Arsenal play"

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    Real deal for Rudiger

    Real Madrid are confident they will sign Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger after he reportedly lowered his wage demands.

    Rudiger looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer as a free agent when his deal expires as a contract renewal appears highly unlikely.

    The centre-back has attracted a lot of interest from Europe's top bidders, including Real who are looking to strengthen at the back.

    However, Los Blancos have been struggling to seal a deal with the Germany international's representatives due to his high financial demands.

    According to Marca, however, the 29-year-old has decided to accept something more in line with the wage structure at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    That will be a huge boost for Real, who could win the bidding war against the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Juventus

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    Hamilton on his future

    Lewis Hamilton insists he remains focused on Formula One despite his interest in Chelsea.

    Hamilton added: "At the moment my primary focus is continuing in Formula One and this isn't my first business venture or investment.

    "But it's something that I'm excited about. I would say for sure early on I wouldn't be able to be as hands-on as some of the other people that are a part of it.

    "We haven't won it yet but if we do, there's lots of opportunity to be involved more and more over time, which is super exciting and particularly beyond racing.

    "You see in that sport there is a lot more work that needs to be done to be diverse and more inclusive. It's an amazing platform to bring in and educate a lot of the amazing fans that are out there.

    "And there's some amazing talent within the team that have already stood up against discrimination and worked very closely with the organisation to move forward.

    "I think that's really important for the fans of Chelsea. The community is heavily invested in that also, so I think that's important"

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    Hamilton on winning mentality

    Lewis Hamilton admits it wouldn't be easy running Chelsea but insists everyone in Sir Martin Broguhton's consortium has a winning mentality.

    Hamilton added: "To be involved in something as big as this is exciting.

    "Of course, it's a business venture but through the discussions that we've had, and how the team plan to manage this moving forwards and improve that, and slowly decrease those losses and turn it into a profit-making organisation.

    "That's going to take a lot of work. There's so many moving parts and I don't have all the strategy for all that. We haven't yet won the bid, so I'm sure all that will come afterwards. But the team, the consortium – it's a consortium of lifetime Chelsea fans and others who have come to it later like myself.

    "There's not anyone that's a part of it that has the mindset of losing. I think Chelsea already has a winning mindset but I think we can do better moving forwards"

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    More from Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton shared more details as he joined Sir Martin Broughton's bid to buy Chelsea.

    Hamilton added: "I heard about the club being up for sale in the news. Everyone is aware about it. We were contacted and Sir Martin took time to speak to me on the phone and explain his and his team's goals.

    "If they were to win the bid, which was incredibly exciting, it is very much aligned with my values. Firstly, we are trying to acquire a team and move it forwards. This is a team, it's all about the community.

    "That's what really makes a football team, it's the people in and around it. They've been quite leading in their work in diversity and inclusivity and becoming more diverse and progressive.

    "So it's not that we're associating ourselves with previous owners, our goal is to continue some of the work that they've already done and have even more of an impact and engage more with the community"

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    FA Cup Final update

    Chelsea and Liverpool's FA Cup Final will kick-off at 4.45pm despite there being no Premier League fixtures that day.

    The Blues and the Reds will meet in a rematch of their Carabao Cup classic back at Wembley on May 14.

    The Merseysiders, who won that match in May on penalties, kicked off at 3.30pm in the semi-final against Manchester City.

    But the final will kick off one hour and 15 minutes later, even though all Prem matches have been moved to Sunday

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    Deeney on Azpilicueta incident

    Birmingham star Troy Deeney understands why Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta had a go back at fans after their loss to Arsenal.

    Deeney told SunSport: "All fans want to do is let off some steam. But when you are going through bad times you are expected to answer every question and tell them how it will all be fixed within a week.

    "I watched a similar situation with Cesar Azpilicueta and the Chelsea fans after their defeat to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

    "The Chelsea fans were probably just fed up with that one game and how they expected their side to beat a young and less-expensive Arsenal team. But I can understand why Azpilicueta was having a go back at them.

    Players think, ‘Hold on, when we were winning a few weeks ago, things weren’t that bad and you weren’t calling us names and now, because we are on a bad run, you are turning on us?’. That is probably why Azpilicueta responded the way he did"

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    A bridge too far

    Former Chelsea star Willian jokingly told Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Stamford Bridge had he known the defender was joining.

    Silva's transfer came after his compatriot quit the Blues for Arsenal.

    The centre-back had a wealth of options, with former employers AC Milan keen to secure his services, as well as Fiorentina.

    But a call to the Corinthians star helped convinced him that the latest challenge of his illustrious career belonged in the Premier League

    According to the Telegraph, Willian had jokingly responded: "If I'd known you were moving to Chelsea, I would have stayed there after all"

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    Demiral for Rudiger

    Chelsea are eyeing Atalanta loanee Merih Demiral to replace the outgoing Antonio Rudiger.

    Demiral has has impressed while on loan in Bergamo from Juventus this season.

    But the Blues will face stiff competition if they want to sign the 24-year-old.

    Turkish journalist Yakup Cınar claims three other teams are also keen on a move for the Turkey international.

    Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been linked, as have Everton

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    Lewis Hamilton interest

    Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his grand plans for Chelsea if Sir Martin Broughton’s takeover bid is successful.

    Hamilton has injected millions of pounds into the offer, and declared: “Firstly, we are trying to acquire a team and move it forwards. This is a team, it’s all about the community.

    “That’s what really makes a football team, it’s the people in and around it.

    “They’ve been quite leading in their work in diversity and inclusivity and becoming more diverse and progressive.

    “So it’s not that we’re associating ourselves with previous owners, our goal is to continue some of the work that they’ve already done and have even more of an impact and engage more with the community”

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    Rudiger saga rumbles on

    There are yet more developments in the ongoing saga that is Antonio Rudiger's Chelsea future.

    The defender is out of contract this summer, but current sanctions on the club mean they are unable to offer him a new deal.

    And while reports this morning suggested the defender was on the brink of joining Real Madrid, there is still said to be hope he could stay at Stamford Bridge.

    According to the Independent, Chelsea chiefs are hopeful the club will be taken over in time for the 28-year-old to be offered an extension.

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    Blues mistakes biting them

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is "worried" about the defensive errors that have crept into his side's performances this year.

    Andreas Christensen was directly at fault for Eddie Nketiah's opening goal in the 4-2 defeat to Arsenal in midweek.

    And Tuchel revealed: "I'm worried about the number of mistakes.

    "In the year 2022, we already had eight big mistakes that led to goals. This is very untypical, very unusual.

    "It costs us a lot. Not only a goal, it costs you self-confidence and belief in what you are doing."

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    Rudiger to Real Madrid "very close"

    Despite reports this morning that Juventus are keen on a move for Antonio Rudiger, it may already be too late for the Italian outfit.

    That's because the Chelsea defender is said to already be on the verge of signing for Real Madrid.

    Respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims Rudiger is "very close" to signing for the Spanish giants.

    The 28-year-old is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and has been the subject of interest all over Europe.

    But it appears Real Madrid, who knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League earlier this month, remain the frontrunners for his signature.

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    Chelsea mull Merih move

    Chelsea are reportedly eyeing Merih Demiral as a replacement for the outgoing Antonio Rudiger.

    The Turkish defender has caught the eye on loan at Atalanta from Juventus this season.

    But the Blues will face stiff competition if they want to sign the 24-year-old Turkish international.

    Turkish journalist Yakup Çınar claims three other teams are also keen on a move for Demiral.

    Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been linked, as have Frank Lampard's Everton.

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    Ben back on the grass

    Mason Mount can't wait for Ben Chilwell to return to action.

    The left-back has been out injured since picking up a long-term knee injury in November.

    Chilwell, 25, is edging towards a return to full fitness, and took to Instagram to post a picture of himself back out on the grass.

    And while he's not expected to play again this season, Mount couldn't hide his excitement.

    He commented on Chilwell's post: "What a sight!"

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    Good morning, Chelsea fans

    Lewis Hamilton has revealed his grand plans for Chelsea if Sir Martin Broughton’s takeover bid is successful.

    The Brit has injected millions of pounds into the offer, and declared: “Firstly, we are trying to acquire a team and move it forwards. This is a team, it’s all about the community.

    “That’s what really makes a football team, it’s the people in and around it.

    “They’ve been quite leading in their work in diversity and inclusivity and becoming more diverse and progressive.

    “So it’s not that we’re associating ourselves with previous owners, our goal is to continue some of the work that they’ve already done and have even more of an impact and engage more with the community.”

    Elsewhere Antonio Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic are both out of Sunday's clash with West Ham.

    Rudiger is suffering with a groin problem, while Kovacic has ligament damage.

    Thomas Tuchel confirmed: “For Sunday’s match, not back. Both of them not back. Also, no other injuries.”

    And finally, Juventus are reportedly hunting summer deals for THREE Chelsea stars.

    Gazzetta dello Sport claim Rudiger, Jorginho and Marcos Alonso are all wanted by boss Max Allegri.

    Rudiger looks set to leave on a free transfer in July, while Alonso and Jorginho are out of contract in 2023.

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