Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams pledge £20m to Chelsea takeover bid, Azpilicueta fan spat – transfer latest

LEWIS HAMILTON and Serena Williams have pledged £20million to Sir Martin Broughton's consortium who are bidding to buy Chelsea.

Broughton is a former Liverpool chairman and was also a British Airways chief.

Meanwhile club captain Cesar Azpilicueta got into a heated argument with a fan after the game, just minutes after the Spaniard gave away a penalty which Bukayo Saka scored to seal three points for the Gunners.

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

  • Anthony Chapman

    Willian set for Corinthians exit

    Former Chelsea and Arsenal star Willian and his family are reportedly “scared to leave their house” following threats made on social media.

    The 33-year-old winger is back playing in his Brazilian homeland with Corinthians.

    But cops were called in to investigate after several players were threatened following their shock loss to Always Ready

    Willian’s young twin daughters are afraid to go to school, while his wife is refusing to leave home unless it is absolutely necessary.

    And the veteran could now leave South America for fears over safety.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Premier League top manager salaries

    Thomas Tuchel is just the seventh top-paid manager in the Premier League.

    The Blues boss picks up £8million a year at Stamford Bridge.

    That's £11m less than Man City's Pep Guardiola.

    Incoming Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag will also be on more money after signing a £9m-a-year deal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Lukaku lined up by AC

    Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku is wanted by Serie A giants AC Milan in a shock transfer, according to reports.

    Goal claim Milan could offer Lukaku an easy escape out of Chelsea this summer.

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

    Any possible deal would need Chelsea to cut their losses on the forward and lower the asking price.

    And Milan may ask Chelsea to pay a portion of Lukaku's wages.

  • Anthony Chapman

    King Cesar Azpilicueta's trophy cabinet

    Cesar Azpilicueta was involved in a heated confrontation with a fan after the defeat to Arsenal.

    Was it right to criticise the Chelsea captain, considering he's won EVERY trophy for the Blues?

  • Gary Stonehouse

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams have added their names to the hat for a shocking Chelsea takeover.

    Sky Sports report that the bid for the Blues spearheaded by Sir Martin Broughton, includes investments from two sporting superstars.

    They have an estimated £10m each in the offer.

    Sir Lewis and Williams have been in talks with Broughton’s group for several weeks.

    Arsenal supporters have produced a mixed reaction following the news F1 legend Sir Lewis Hamilton is investing in Chelsea.

    Following the shock news, supporters of the Gunners quickly took to Twitter to react to the news.

    And there were some hilarious comments as they digested the information.

    One fan wrote: “Agent Hamilton, destroying Chelsea from within.”

    Elsewhere, Gunners fans continued to aim digs at Chelsea by labelling ‘Emile Smith-Rowe as the king of Stamford Bridge.

    Smith-Rowe was one of the Gunners’ scorers in their 4-2 win over the Blues, and Gooners took to Twitter to hail the England ace as the king of the West Londoners stadium.

    One fan wrote to Smith-Rowe: “Stamford Bridge is your playground.

    While another concurred: “Stamford Bridge is Smith Rowe’s playground.”

    Meanwhile, Spurs boss Antonio Conte insists Chelsea’s spot in third place is secure despite their loss to Arsenal and claims the Blues’ superiority will keep them out of the battle for the top four.

    He said: “I don’t think Chelsea is in this race. They are in this moment on a different level.

    “They are there because they missed some games but they don’t stay in this race.”

    And finally, Gary Lineker has praised Didier Drogba after he was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

    Drogba shared his pride after receiving the honour.

    And Lineker was on hand to congratulate the ex-Blues striker on Twitter.

    Lineker wrote: “Another great. Thoroughly deserved. Well played.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ten Hag and Tuchel comparison

    Erik Ten Hag needs to follow Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's blueprint when he takes over at Man United.

    That's according to United's ex-assistant Rene Meulensteen.

    He said: "Any top-four team in the Premier League that goes to a bottom-four team in the Premier League still has to fight very hard for points. He has to hit the ground running."

    Meulensteen added: "You can compare that with Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. He has never worked over here in the Premier League, but he came over here and did his homework.

    "You could see that straight away and his impact was immediate with Chelsea. Erik needs to do that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Cech praises Drogba

    Petr Cech has praised Didier Drogba after the ex-Chelsea striker was inducted into the Premier League Hall Of Fame.

    "He started slower than some people expected.

    "I think it was the difference between the leagues, because the Premier League was far more physical, and the referees had a different approach to it.

    "You had to find a way to beat your opponents. Some teams at that time were really physical, with bigger, taller players than him.

    "He also injured his groin at the beginning and that held him back a little bit, but the moment he got going, nobody could stop him.

    "The machine started, and it didn’t stop until he retired. We all know how he became a legend in this club, this league, and in world football."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lineker praises Drogba

    Gary Lineker has praised Didier Drogba after he was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

    Drogba shared his pride after receiving the honour.

    And Lineker was on hand to congratulate the ex-Blues striker on Twitter.

    Lineker wrote: "Another great. Thoroughly deserved. Well played."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ian Wright slammed Azpilicueta

    Cesar Azpilicueta has been slammed by Ian Wright for conceding a penalty for Chelsea against Arsenal.

    Wright said: "Look at Azpilicueta there, experienced player, one player in the box and he’s given away a penalty like that.

    "It deserved to be a penalty. He’s saying he’s holding him but he should be defending that.

    "He should be the defensive side but he’s not even looking at the ball. What does he expect the referee to do?"

  • Justin Lawrence

    Verstappen slams Hamilton's Chelsea interest

    Max Verstappen has ripped into Lewis Hamilton over his shock role in Chelsea's takeover bid.

    Speaking to PA, the Dutchman remarked: "I am a PSV fan and I would never buy Ajax.

    “And if I was going to buy a football club I would want to be the full owner and to take the decisions myself, not own just a tiny percentage.

    “I thought he was an Arsenal fan?

    "And if you are an Arsenal fan going for Chelsea, that it is quite interesting.

    “But everyone does what they want with their money so let’s see what comes out of it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal’s Morata issue

    Arsenal have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of Alvaro Morata.

    The Atletico Madrid striker had a rough spell with Chelsea.

    And according to Mundo Deportivo, his nightmare at Stamford Bridge is making him reluctant towards a Premier League return – albeit with Arsenal.

    But the Gunners are still in with a shout of signing the striker as Atleti would prefer selling him to the North Londoners.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Conte on top-four race

    Antonio Conte reckons Chelsea won't get dragged into the battle for the last top-four spot despite losing to Arsenal because they're too good.

    Conte said: "I don’t think Chelsea is in this race. They are in this moment on a different level.

    "They are there because they missed some games but they don’t stay in this race.£

  • Justin Lawrence

    Smith-Rowe’s playground

    Stamford Bridge has been renamed ‘Emile Smith-Rowe’s playground’ after the Gunners star’s contribution for Arsenal against Chelsea.

    Smith-Rowe got himself on the score-sheet in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over the Blues on their home turf.

    And the Gooners gave the midfielder ownership over the West London ground on Twitter.

    One fan wrote to Smith-Rowe: “Stamford Bridge is your playground.

    While another concurred: “‘Stamford Bridge is Smith Rowe’s playground’.”

  • Alex Cole

    The Blues 10th biggest spenders in Europe

    JOSHUA MBU reveals that Chelsea have been Europe’s tenth biggest spenders since the 2012/13 season.

    The Blues have spent a £344m, which is LESS than fellow Prem rivals Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Everton and Villa.

    They won every competition possible under Roman Abramovich's reign.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea stars held dressing room inquest, says Christensen

    Christensen, reportedly joining Barcelona on a free transfer this summer, also insists he can perform much better as an individual.

    The centre-back said: “Since Thomas arrived at the club, we’ve always been strong defensively.

    “That’s been our base to work from and then knowing that our quality up front guarantees goals. 

    “Being solid at the back has always been a priority and recently, it’s been kind of the opposite.

    Credit: Reuters

    “We spoke about it in the dressing room, because we’ve now conceded 11 goals in our last three home games and that’s nowhere near good enough.

    “I take 100 per cent responsibility on my shoulders for the first goal, it was my mistake, but luckily for me we got back into the game quite quickly through Timo’s goal. 

    “We kept making mistakes though and it’s hard to keep bouncing back.

    “I think we have to take a look at ourselves in the mirror because that performance wasn’t good enough and we know we can play a lot better than that. We can only blame ourselves for this result.

    “We know we are better than this and for me personally, I know I can perform so much better than I what I showed. We need to pick our heads up and go again now.”

  • Alex Cole

    Blues calamity defending

    Andreas Christensen admits Chelsea stars held a dressing room inquest after their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal last night, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    The Blues were second-best at Stamford Bridge once again as they shipped more goals this month.

    Chelsea also conceded four at home to Brentford at the start of April.

    And they then allowed Real Madrid to score 3 in their Champions League defeat.

    It means the Blues have conceded an incredible ELEVEN goals in their last three home matches – resulting in three defeats.

    Captain Cesar Azpilicueta was involved in an angry confrontation with a fan at the final whistle.

    But it was Christensen’s howler that opened the floodgates for Arsenal, with the Dane then subbed off at half-time.

    Thomas Tuchel refused to blame the defender afterwards, instead criticising Chelsea’s PITCH.

    However, Christensen believes the Blues need to regroup and evaluate their situation after heated dressing room talks last night.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal fan 'Agent Hamilton' in potential Chelsea takeover

    Arsenal supporters have produced a mixed reaction following the news F1 legend Sir Lewis Hamilton is investing in Chelsea, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The Brit and US tennis star Serena Williams have joined a bid to buy the Blues – even though the Formula One star is Gooner.

    The two sporting greats are each investing around £10million into the bid spearheaded by Sir Martin Broughton.

    Broughton's group are one of three parties left in the running to buy Chelsea from sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

    Seven-time Formula One champion Hamilton – who is an ARSENAL fan – has pledged £10m towards the bid.

    Following the shock news, supporters of the Gunners quickly took to Twitter to react to the news.

    And there were some hilarious comments as they digested the information.

    One fan wrote: “Agent Hamilton, destroying Chelsea from within.”

    Another wrote: “Arsenal fan Lewis Hamilton wants to buy Chelsea. Cheat mode activated.”

    While another said: “Arsenal fan Sir Lewis Hamilton buying Chelsea in order to make sure they never compete for major honours again.”

  • Alex Cole

    Sir Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams join Sir Martin Broughton’s bid to buy Chelsea

    Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams have added their names to the hat for a shocking Chelsea takeover.

    Sky Sports report that the bid for the Blues spearheaded by Sir Martin Broughton, includes investments from two sporting superstars.

    They have an estimated £10m each in the offer.

    Sir Lewis and Williams have been in talks with Broughton's group for several weeks.

    Hamilton is an Arsenal fan, which adds an element of surprise to this breaking news.

    The five-time champion will be competing in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy this weekend.

  • Alex Cole

    Hasselbaink blames centre-backs and slams Lukaku's 'desire'

    Hasselbaink slated the Lukaku, who made his first start since February, as well as Malang Sarr and Andreas Christensen.

    He said: "Sarr and Christensen can’t make those sorts of mistakes in these kind of matches.”

    The duo were given starts as Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger missed out.

    Both were part of a Chelsea defence that was mistake ridden and punished by a ruthless Arsenal.

    After the game match Hasselbaink, 50, continued his dismantling of Chelsea's £97.5 million striker who has just five league goals to his name this season.

    He said: "Lukaku, you've not had the best games show that you are the man and really want it.

    "Go and show that desire I didn't see it. That desire, I didn't see it."

    "They were well under par but Lukaku, Christensen, Sarr and Alonso were just not good enough for a Chelsea team who should be challenging for the Champions League or Premier League."

    This isn't the first time Lukaku has been on the receiving end of criticism since he returned to Stamford Bridge.

    Earlier this campaign he was slammed by Graeme Souness after the striker said in an interview that he was unhappy at Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel's style of play.

  • Alex Cole

    Hasselbaink rages about Lukaku: ‘Try and show that you’re bothered’ 

    Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has criticised the performance of three players including Romelu Lukaku after their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal, writes ALEX SMITH.

    Credit: Action Images – Reuters

    He said on Sky Sports: “For Chelsea today it was a really bad performance.

    “Lukaku, he doesn’t do enough. If you want to be the man you’ve got to run around.

    “You need to try and show that you’re bothered. You need to want to suffer.

    ‘He doesn’t run around, he doesn’t go into gaps, he doesn’t demand the ball off his players. 

    “At least show some passion. There was no passion from Lukaku."

  • Alex Cole

    Tuchel blames Chelsea PITCH for Christensen’s howler

    Thomas Tuchel blamed the Stamford Bridge PITCH for Chelsea's horror 4-2 loss to Arsenal, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    It is Chelsea's third consecutive home defeat having been beaten by Brentford and Real Madrid previously.

    But rather than criticise his team or Andreas Christensen's costly mistake, Tuchel blamed the pitch.

    The German boss claimed the ball bobbled awkwardly when Christensen attempted to pass the ball back to Edouard Mendy – only for Eddie Nketiah to pinch the ball and score to put Arsenal 1-0 up.

    Tuchel suggested a similar problem with the pitch caused Mendy's mistake against Real, with Karim Benzema taking advantage on that occasion.

    In his post-match press conference the Chelsea manager said: "It is a very difficult pitch we have here. It's not to our favour.

    "The ball bounces very awkwardly in front of Andreas when he wants to play this ball.

    "We had the same mistake against Real Madrid in the Champions League that cost us the next round and it cost us again here."

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings – subs

    THIAGO SILVA – 6/10

    Looked a lot more assured than Christensen but still couldn't provide Chelsea with the focus and shape to keep a clean sheet in the second half.

    KAI HAVERTZ – 6/10

    Offered more than Lukaku as he dropped into midfield to link the play, but still didn't have much more joy in the final third.

    HAKIM ZIYECH – 6/10

    Had very little impact when he came on as Chelsea chased an equaliser.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings – attack

    MASON MOUNT – 7/10

    Provided a delicious cross for Azpilicueta's equaliser and constantly panicked the Arsenal shape with his movement in between the lines.

    His passing range really is something to behold but he did fade as the match wore on.

    ROMELU LUKAKU – 5/10

    Was definitely the quietest member of the Chelsea attack.

    Linked up well with Werner and Mount on a couple of occasions but still seems to be lacking the sharpness and confidence that he signed with.

    Was hooked for Kai Havertz in the second half after another difficult evening.

    TIMO WERNER – 8/10

    The so often frustrated German finally enjoyed some luck in front of goal as his deflected shot crawled in beyond the despairing dive of Ramsdale.

    Looked a constant threat all evening with his pace and directness on the left-hand side. Also gave Arsenal nightmares with his energy through the middle. A huge fan favourite among the Blues faithful and you can see why.

    The goals and assists are now beginning to add to his already impressive all-round displays.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings – midfield and wing-backs

    CESAR AZPILICUETA – 5/10

    Was given a lot of trouble when Nuno Tavares, Smith Rowe and Nketiah smothered him on the left.

    Got his goal at the other end and is clearly a valuable leader to a somewhat inexperienced back three, but failed to really provide the quality you expect to see from such a consummate professional.

    Then gave a stupid penalty away in the dying seconds before an ugly confrontation with a fan at full-time.

    RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – 7/10

    Won the ball back smartly moments before Werner's equaliser.

    Seems to have a good understanding with Kante about when to stay and when to go. Impressed as much as a central midfielder of his ilk could do in a frantic game with very little structure or rhythm.

    N'GOLO KANTE – 5/10

    Looked at his sharpest and most energetic best in the early stages as he recovered possession several times when the Gunners attempted to break.

    But then seemed to lose his way in the match somewhat. Odegaard found the space around him and was able to dictate Arsenal's attacks as Kante played catch-up.

    Was criminally caught ball watching when Nketiah burst in to score.

    MARCOS ALONSO – 5/10

    Much better going forward than going back the other way.

    Saka had him beat all ends up on numerous occasions and Sarr was forced to cover the space Alonso was leaving for the England international to run into.

    Not his finest evening, but still offered his usual attacking threat.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings – back three

    REECE JAMES – 6/10

    Despite being a wing-back by trade, James looked the most comfortable of Chelsea's three centre-backs.

    Proving to be the most versatile player in Tuchel's squad, although is still probably most effective on the flank.

    ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN – 3/10

    Produced an absolute howler to gift Arsenal the lead inside a quarter of an hour, failing to get enough on his pass back to Mendy as Eddie Nketiah raced through to score.

    Was hooked for Thiago Silva at half-time after a torrid 45 minutes. May well be the last we seen of him in a Chelsea shirt as his contract expires in the summer and he is reportedly joining Barcelona.

    MALANG SARR – 4/10

    Was a guilty of rashly running out to meet Martin Odegaard and allowing space in behind.

    Had a shocking moment for Arsenal's third goal as he was caught napping with Kante before Nketiah nipped in to score his second.

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