According to the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea may be without Marina Granovskaia. Following the Todd Boehly-Clearlake capital consortium’s purchase, the sporting director’s removal could be part of a major clean-up.
Granovskaia had been a member of the Chelsea board of directors since 2013. She was widely regarded as previous owner Roman Abramovich’s number two, and she was instrumental in Chelsea’s market activities, particularly when it came to holding talks with clubs and negotiating player contracts.
Chelsea’s recent signings of Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, and Christian Pulisic, among others, were made possible by Granovskaia’s clout.
The 47-year-old was involved in Chelsea’s market negotiations earlier this summer, even after Abramovich’s departure. Todd Boehly, an American business billionaire, has gradually begun to exert his influence on the club since his arrival.
Boehly has already given Thomas Tuchel more control over the club’s transfer policy. At the same time, Chelsea’s owner has begun talks with Inter Milan about Lukuku’s possible transfer to Giuseppe Meazza.
It has cast doubt on Granovskaia’s future at Chelsea, and she appears to be on the verge of departing as part of the club’s massive restructuring this summer.
According to the article, Todd Boehly is expected to take over as the club’s primary transfer negotiator. The American is expected to take over as chairman after Bruce Buck announced his departure from Chelsea. The new owners will also appoint a new sporting director, bringing the Stamford Bridge staff transition to a close.
With two months until the start of the new season, Granovskaia’s departure in the coming days could have an impact on Chelsea’s market activity, but it will be equally interesting to see how new owner Boehly acts.