Chelsea’s takeover will be confirmed this week, and the Blues held talks with Haaland before agreeing to move Lukaku, and Azpilicueta to Barcelona.

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The government is now set to confirm the £4.25 billion Chelsea acquisition this week.

Directors Marina Granovskaya and Bruce Buck are among the club’s directors who will share a £50m bonus from new owner Todd Boyle.

On Monday, government sources suggested that Roman Abramovich’s demands could lead to a “collapse” of the Blues takeover.

The contentious issue was how the £1.6 billion owed to Chelsea would be transferred to Russia into a new account to fund the planned charity.

But after days of wrangling between the club’s lawyers and the government, trustees of Jersey-based Camberley International Investments have been awarded compensation for any legal action.

This clears the way for the initial £2.5bn payment from Boehly’s consortium to be paid into a government-controlled holding account before being transferred to the foundation – once Treasury officials confirm that no money will end up in Abramovich’s pocket.

Elsewhere, Cesar Azpilicetta has not decided his future with Chelsea despite reports claiming that he has agreed to join Barcelona.

The defender is reportedly set to meet with the Blues hierarchy during his upcoming career plans in the next few hours.

He is said to be intent on contacting the club’s new owners and Thomas Tuchel as he does not want to leave Stamford Bridge on poor terms, according to Sports Witness.

Meanwhile, Chelsea youngster Luka Heerelainen of Eintracht Frankfurt is keeping an eye on him.

The Finnish Under-19 defensive midfielder, 17, is being watched by a number of top European clubs.

But Chelsea are hoping to pounce once they turn 18 in August, the Blues’ sale is completed and the transfer ban lifted.

Hyrylainen has one year left on his contract with the Europa League finalist in Germany.

Finally, N’Golo Kante has opened up about his future with Chelsea.

But he refused to reveal where he will play next season because he is only focused on the current campaign with the Blues.

Kante told Sky Sports: “The only thing for sure is that I have another year and the only thing is that I finish this season.

“I’ll think about it in time.”

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