Chelsea owner Todd Boehly enjoys a night off from his Stamford Bridge overhaul as he swigs a beer while watching Pearl Jam at Hyde Park… with the American to fly out to Thomas Tuchel’s USA tour with £50m new boy Raheem Sterling tomorrow
- New Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly was spotted at BST Hyde Park on Saturday
- The American and his entourage were watching American rock band Pearl Jam
- Boehly was seen swigging from a can of lager as he found time to unwind
- He is busy trying to re-shape Thomas Tuchel’s squad ahead of the new season
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is throwing himself into London life after pictures showed him knocking back a can of lager while watching Pearl Jam in Hyde Park on Saturday.
The 48-year-old completed his £4.5billion takeover of the Premier League giants on May 30 and he has not hesitated in making sweeping changes in his first six weeks at the helm.
Now he is busy trying to re-shape Thomas Tuchel’s squad ahead of the new Premier League season that begins in less than four weeks but found some time for himself over the weekend.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (second right) was seen at BST in Hyde Park on Saturday
The American was swigging from a can of lager as he watched the American rock band Pearl Jam
Boehly was taking time off from his plans to rebuild Thomas Tuchel’s squad at Stamford Bridge
Boehly was pictured in attendance at BST in Hyde Park on Saturday where American rock band Pearl Jam were headlining.
In what appeared to be a private area of the festival site, Boehly and his entourage looked to be having a great time at the gig.
Boehly showed that the strain of being a Premier League owner and interim sporting director was having no impact on his stress levels as he cut a relaxed figure while swigging from a can of beer.
It is a far cry from Chelsea’s former owner Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch who keeps a very low profile in public.
The gig may have been a time for celebration after it emerged late on Saturday that Chelsea had agreed a £50m deal for England star Raheem Sterling.
It is a far cry from Chelsea’s former owner Roman Abramovich, who keeps a low profile in public
Chelsea made it clear they wanted the City forward to take on a key role of their attacking overhaul and, following positive talks with Thomas Tuchel, Sterling opted for Stamford Bridge.
Alongside his lawyer, Sterling is understood to have negotiated a five-year contract worth significantly more than his existing £300,000 a week. There is the option for an extension of one season on a deal that takes him into the Premier League’s top three earners.
Chairman Boehly led discussions with City over a fee and £50m was agreed over the weekend. It’s thought Boehly may be flying out to Los Angeles – where Tuchel and his players are currently in training camp – with Sterling on Tuesday.
Chelsea are due to play Mexican giants Club America in Las Vegas, Charlotte FC in North Carolina and London rivals Arsenal in Orlando across the Atlantic.
Tuchel and his Chelsea squad are currently in the United States on their pre-season tour
The Blues could be on the verge of a double signing from the Etihad with ongoing talks over a £45m move for Nathan Ake but Manchester City want to secure a replacement first.
Red Bull Leipzig’s young star Josko Gvardiol has been mentioned as a possible replacement for the Dutch international – but it is likely too expensive to secure this window.
The big question mark surrounding Chelsea’s summer transfer business, however, is whether Cristiano Ronaldo will make the move from Manchester United.
Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford is in doubt after he informed the club he wishes to move on for a second time in the current transfer window amid fears he will be unable to compete for the biggest trophies with United.
Reports in The Athletic earlier this month suggested the Blues are weighing up the idea of signing Ronaldo, although Sportsmail understands Tuchel has reservations about the effect he would have on a mobile and dynamic frontline.
Boehly is on the brink of making Raheem Sterling his first big Chelsea signing in a £50m deal
However, a coy Tuchel laughed before saying ‘I will not tell you’ when asked by a fan during his side’s pre-season tour of the USA if Chelsea will make a move for Ronaldo this summer.
One player who will not be moving to Stamford Bridge, however, is Raphinha after Sportsmail exclusively revealed that Barcelona appear to have won the race to sign the Brazilian winger.
The Spanish giants are set to complete a deal worth an overall figure of £63m for the Leeds attacker.
Barcelona has always been the Brazilian’s preferred destination but until recently Chelsea were the only side to meet Leeds’ valuation of £55m, plus £8m add ons.