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Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final
Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final
Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final
Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final
Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final
Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final
Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final
Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Abner Mares - WBA World Boxing Champion – to Host ‘Champions Day’ at LA County Sheriff’s Century Boxing Gym on May 24
As Real Madrid and Liverpool prepare to meet in Kiev, we select a combined XI of the best players from the two Champions League finalists.
Real Madrid v Liverpool: Salah, Ronaldo lead the line in combined XI
As Real Madrid and Liverpool prepare to meet in Kiev, we select a combined XI of the best players from the two Champions League finalists.
Bek Liverpool, Andrew Robertson, yakin timnya bakal mencetak gol melawan Real Madrid pada final Liga Champions sekaligus meraih trofi pada akhir pertandingan.
Bek Liverpool Pede Timnya Akhiri Kejayaan Real Madrid di Liga Champions
Bek Liverpool, Andrew Robertson, yakin timnya bakal mencetak gol melawan Real Madrid pada final Liga Champions sekaligus meraih trofi pada akhir pertandingan.
Liga Champions 2018/2018 resmi bergulir pada 26 Juni.
Hanya 5 Tempat Tersedia untuk Liga Champions 2018/2019
Liga Champions 2018/2018 resmi bergulir pada 26 Juni.
Liverpool terakhir memenangkan Liga Champions pada tahun 2005.
Jelang Final Liga Champions, Klopp Puji Pelatih Real Madrid
Liverpool terakhir memenangkan Liga Champions pada tahun 2005.
Icardi akan memperkuat Inter Milan di Liga Champions.
Wujudkan Mimpi, Icardi Pastikan Bertahan di Inter Milan
Icardi akan memperkuat Inter Milan di Liga Champions.
Liverpool akan menantang Real Madrid pada final Liga Champions musim ini.
Lawan Real Madrid, Klopp Jamin Liverpool Bakal Beri Perlawanan
Liverpool akan menantang Real Madrid pada final Liga Champions musim ini.
Inter Milan kesulitan untuk mempermanenkan dua pemainnya.
Lolos ke Liga Champions, Inter Milan Akan Kehilangan 2 Pemain
Inter Milan kesulitan untuk mempermanenkan dua pemainnya.
Inter Milan memastikan diri lolos ke Liga Champions musim depan.
Beli Rumah Baru, Icardi Tegaskan Bertahan di Inter Milan
Inter Milan memastikan diri lolos ke Liga Champions musim depan.
Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester City about signing Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez as Pep Guardiola bids to strengthen his formidable attacking options this summer. The Premier League champions backed out of a move for Mahrez in January after refusing to meet Leicester City’s demands for a package worth around £90 million but they have maintained their interest and remain hopeful of striking a deal. Mahrez, who had submitted a transfer request in January in a bid to force through a move, disappeared for nine days but later denied that he had gone Awol after failing to turn up for training. The 2016 PFA Player of the Year, who was central to Leicester’s extraordinary title success two years ago, is valued at around £60 million although Leicester are also understood to want City’s Patrick Roberts, the forward who has spent the past 18 months on loan at Celtic, in return. Negotiations for Mahrez are continuing but there have been reports of a deal being delayed by intermediary demands. “We’d made our decisions from January in terms of what this squad needs this summer, so it will be business as usual,” Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman, said. “We know the targets that Pep has identified, what he needs, and we will support him in the same way we have supported him since he joined us. How Pep Guardiola's Manchester City broke the Premier League record “It’s not going to be about numbers, it’ll be about quality for us this year. We don’t need six or seven. We need one or two additions of quality, high quality to support the squad.” Guardiola is believed to have had two tiers of forward targets, with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappé, of Paris Saint-Germain, the dream acquisitions, but Mahrez is considered more attainable and still of the requisite quality. The recruitment of a midfielder is also a priority and Jorginho is hoping Napoli do not attempt to price him out of a move, with the Italy international having set his heart on a transfer to City. Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, is due to hold face-to-face talks with Napoli – who are asking for over £60m – on Wednesday or Thursday next week over the player’s future. “I’ve not received official offers, but I can’t know if Napoli have received them or not,” Santos told Radio CRC. “On May 30 or 31, I will be in Naples to meet with the club. “Being coached by [Andrea] Mandorlini, [Rafael] Benítez, [Antonio] Conte and [Maurizio] Sarri in recent years has helped Jorginho grow a lot. “Will Guardiola be next? Let’s see. He is an extraordinary coach and there is a real chance Jorginho could go to Manchester City.” Jorginho's representatives are hoping Napoli do not price him out of a move to City Credit: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images Meanwhile, City’s owners face a battle to keep Patrick Vieira, the former Arsenal and France midfielder who is tipped as a potential successor to Guardiola, within the club’s parent company, City Football Group. Vieira is head coach of CFG-owned New York City FC, the MLS franchise, but is attracting strong interest from French clubs Nice and Nantes. No deal has been reached with either club for Vieira, whose deal with New York expires in December, but he is tempted by the prospect of managing in Europe, even if any decision Vieira makes is likely to be done in consultation with CFG. “I’m proud of Patrick,” Al-Mubarak told City TV. “We have had a great friendship, he started coaching our academy. He developed and we as an organisation stood by him. When he was ready for the next challenge New York presented itself and he’s started his journey as a first-team coach. “He has done well and I have a strong belief he will be a great manager. I hope he continues to be part of this group and he has my commitment always.”
Manchester City in fresh talks with Leicester over signing Riyad Mahrez
Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester City about signing Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez as Pep Guardiola bids to strengthen his formidable attacking options this summer. The Premier League champions backed out of a move for Mahrez in January after refusing to meet Leicester City’s demands for a package worth around £90 million but they have maintained their interest and remain hopeful of striking a deal. Mahrez, who had submitted a transfer request in January in a bid to force through a move, disappeared for nine days but later denied that he had gone Awol after failing to turn up for training. The 2016 PFA Player of the Year, who was central to Leicester’s extraordinary title success two years ago, is valued at around £60 million although Leicester are also understood to want City’s Patrick Roberts, the forward who has spent the past 18 months on loan at Celtic, in return. Negotiations for Mahrez are continuing but there have been reports of a deal being delayed by intermediary demands. “We’d made our decisions from January in terms of what this squad needs this summer, so it will be business as usual,” Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman, said. “We know the targets that Pep has identified, what he needs, and we will support him in the same way we have supported him since he joined us. How Pep Guardiola's Manchester City broke the Premier League record “It’s not going to be about numbers, it’ll be about quality for us this year. We don’t need six or seven. We need one or two additions of quality, high quality to support the squad.” Guardiola is believed to have had two tiers of forward targets, with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappé, of Paris Saint-Germain, the dream acquisitions, but Mahrez is considered more attainable and still of the requisite quality. The recruitment of a midfielder is also a priority and Jorginho is hoping Napoli do not attempt to price him out of a move, with the Italy international having set his heart on a transfer to City. Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, is due to hold face-to-face talks with Napoli – who are asking for over £60m – on Wednesday or Thursday next week over the player’s future. “I’ve not received official offers, but I can’t know if Napoli have received them or not,” Santos told Radio CRC. “On May 30 or 31, I will be in Naples to meet with the club. “Being coached by [Andrea] Mandorlini, [Rafael] Benítez, [Antonio] Conte and [Maurizio] Sarri in recent years has helped Jorginho grow a lot. “Will Guardiola be next? Let’s see. He is an extraordinary coach and there is a real chance Jorginho could go to Manchester City.” Jorginho's representatives are hoping Napoli do not price him out of a move to City Credit: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images Meanwhile, City’s owners face a battle to keep Patrick Vieira, the former Arsenal and France midfielder who is tipped as a potential successor to Guardiola, within the club’s parent company, City Football Group. Vieira is head coach of CFG-owned New York City FC, the MLS franchise, but is attracting strong interest from French clubs Nice and Nantes. No deal has been reached with either club for Vieira, whose deal with New York expires in December, but he is tempted by the prospect of managing in Europe, even if any decision Vieira makes is likely to be done in consultation with CFG. “I’m proud of Patrick,” Al-Mubarak told City TV. “We have had a great friendship, he started coaching our academy. He developed and we as an organisation stood by him. When he was ready for the next challenge New York presented itself and he’s started his journey as a first-team coach. “He has done well and I have a strong belief he will be a great manager. I hope he continues to be part of this group and he has my commitment always.”
Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester City about signing Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez as Pep Guardiola bids to strengthen his formidable attacking options this summer. The Premier League champions backed out of a move for Mahrez in January after refusing to meet Leicester City’s demands for a package worth around £90 million but they have maintained their interest and remain hopeful of striking a deal. Mahrez, who had submitted a transfer request in January in a bid to force through a move, disappeared for nine days but later denied that he had gone Awol after failing to turn up for training. The 2016 PFA Player of the Year, who was central to Leicester’s extraordinary title success two years ago, is valued at around £60 million although Leicester are also understood to want City’s Patrick Roberts, the forward who has spent the past 18 months on loan at Celtic, in return. Negotiations for Mahrez are continuing but there have been reports of a deal being delayed by intermediary demands. “We’d made our decisions from January in terms of what this squad needs this summer, so it will be business as usual,” Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman, said. “We know the targets that Pep has identified, what he needs, and we will support him in the same way we have supported him since he joined us. How Pep Guardiola's Manchester City broke the Premier League record “It’s not going to be about numbers, it’ll be about quality for us this year. We don’t need six or seven. We need one or two additions of quality, high quality to support the squad.” Guardiola is believed to have had two tiers of forward targets, with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappé, of Paris Saint-Germain, the dream acquisitions, but Mahrez is considered more attainable and still of the requisite quality. The recruitment of a midfielder is also a priority and Jorginho is hoping Napoli do not attempt to price him out of a move, with the Italy international having set his heart on a transfer to City. Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, is due to hold face-to-face talks with Napoli – who are asking for over £60m – on Wednesday or Thursday next week over the player’s future. “I’ve not received official offers, but I can’t know if Napoli have received them or not,” Santos told Radio CRC. “On May 30 or 31, I will be in Naples to meet with the club. “Being coached by [Andrea] Mandorlini, [Rafael] Benítez, [Antonio] Conte and [Maurizio] Sarri in recent years has helped Jorginho grow a lot. “Will Guardiola be next? Let’s see. He is an extraordinary coach and there is a real chance Jorginho could go to Manchester City.” Jorginho's representatives are hoping Napoli do not price him out of a move to City Credit: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images Meanwhile, City’s owners face a battle to keep Patrick Vieira, the former Arsenal and France midfielder who is tipped as a potential successor to Guardiola, within the club’s parent company, City Football Group. Vieira is head coach of CFG-owned New York City FC, the MLS franchise, but is attracting strong interest from French clubs Nice and Nantes. No deal has been reached with either club for Vieira, whose deal with New York expires in December, but he is tempted by the prospect of managing in Europe, even if any decision Vieira makes is likely to be done in consultation with CFG. “I’m proud of Patrick,” Al-Mubarak told City TV. “We have had a great friendship, he started coaching our academy. He developed and we as an organisation stood by him. When he was ready for the next challenge New York presented itself and he’s started his journey as a first-team coach. “He has done well and I have a strong belief he will be a great manager. I hope he continues to be part of this group and he has my commitment always.”
Manchester City in fresh talks with Leicester over signing Riyad Mahrez
Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester City about signing Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez as Pep Guardiola bids to strengthen his formidable attacking options this summer. The Premier League champions backed out of a move for Mahrez in January after refusing to meet Leicester City’s demands for a package worth around £90 million but they have maintained their interest and remain hopeful of striking a deal. Mahrez, who had submitted a transfer request in January in a bid to force through a move, disappeared for nine days but later denied that he had gone Awol after failing to turn up for training. The 2016 PFA Player of the Year, who was central to Leicester’s extraordinary title success two years ago, is valued at around £60 million although Leicester are also understood to want City’s Patrick Roberts, the forward who has spent the past 18 months on loan at Celtic, in return. Negotiations for Mahrez are continuing but there have been reports of a deal being delayed by intermediary demands. “We’d made our decisions from January in terms of what this squad needs this summer, so it will be business as usual,” Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman, said. “We know the targets that Pep has identified, what he needs, and we will support him in the same way we have supported him since he joined us. How Pep Guardiola's Manchester City broke the Premier League record “It’s not going to be about numbers, it’ll be about quality for us this year. We don’t need six or seven. We need one or two additions of quality, high quality to support the squad.” Guardiola is believed to have had two tiers of forward targets, with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappé, of Paris Saint-Germain, the dream acquisitions, but Mahrez is considered more attainable and still of the requisite quality. The recruitment of a midfielder is also a priority and Jorginho is hoping Napoli do not attempt to price him out of a move, with the Italy international having set his heart on a transfer to City. Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, is due to hold face-to-face talks with Napoli – who are asking for over £60m – on Wednesday or Thursday next week over the player’s future. “I’ve not received official offers, but I can’t know if Napoli have received them or not,” Santos told Radio CRC. “On May 30 or 31, I will be in Naples to meet with the club. “Being coached by [Andrea] Mandorlini, [Rafael] Benítez, [Antonio] Conte and [Maurizio] Sarri in recent years has helped Jorginho grow a lot. “Will Guardiola be next? Let’s see. He is an extraordinary coach and there is a real chance Jorginho could go to Manchester City.” Jorginho's representatives are hoping Napoli do not price him out of a move to City Credit: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images Meanwhile, City’s owners face a battle to keep Patrick Vieira, the former Arsenal and France midfielder who is tipped as a potential successor to Guardiola, within the club’s parent company, City Football Group. Vieira is head coach of CFG-owned New York City FC, the MLS franchise, but is attracting strong interest from French clubs Nice and Nantes. No deal has been reached with either club for Vieira, whose deal with New York expires in December, but he is tempted by the prospect of managing in Europe, even if any decision Vieira makes is likely to be done in consultation with CFG. “I’m proud of Patrick,” Al-Mubarak told City TV. “We have had a great friendship, he started coaching our academy. He developed and we as an organisation stood by him. When he was ready for the next challenge New York presented itself and he’s started his journey as a first-team coach. “He has done well and I have a strong belief he will be a great manager. I hope he continues to be part of this group and he has my commitment always.”
Luka Modric e David Villa disputando bola durante a final da Champions de 2014 (Visionhaus/Ben Radford)
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Luka Modric e David Villa disputando bola durante a final da Champions de 2014 (Visionhaus/Ben Radford)
Chelsea will push on with ambitious summer transfer plans despite the crisis that threatens to engulf owner Roman Abramovich, with the club making Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski their No 1 target. Abramovich’s visa application has been delayed, with the Government set to ask the Russian oligarch how he acquired his wealth if it is to be renewed. There is also huge uncertainty over the future of Antonio Conte, with both the manager and the club hopeful of a parting of the ways but Chelsea unprepared to pay the kind of compensation – at least £10 million – that it would cost to get rid of the Italian and his nine staff. Despite that upheaval, Chelsea are still trying to advance with a deal for Lewandowski, who they believe is ready for a move away from the German club and could cost in excess of £100 million. If Chelsea were successful in their pursuit of Lewandowski his fee would likely be offset by the sale of club-record signing Alvaro Morata, with the Spaniard struggling after he moved to Stamford Bridge for £68 million last summer. Roman Abramovich's uncertain future will not affect Chelsea's transfer plans Credit: Getty Images The 25-year-old did not even make the 23-man Spain squad named for the World Cup finals by Julien Lopetegui on Monday, having scored just three goals since the turn of the year. Shortly after the squad was announced, Morata tweeted: “Good luck at the World Cup! I will be supporting you and encouraging you right to the end, as always!” The striker’s club-mates Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso were also left out by Lopetegui, as was Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin. Although Lewandowski’s age is not ideal for the kind of hefty price Chelsea would have to pay – he turns 30 in August – he does fit the bill for a proven European goal-scorer and his arrival would also be a crucial way of persuading Eden Hazard, and Thibaut Courtois that Chelsea are serious about challenging again for the Premier League and the Champions League after a disappointing fifth-place finish. Both players are holding off on their contract renewals until they see firm evidence that the club are prepared to compete with rivals for the best players, although Hazard yesterday gave his strongest hint yet that he was looking to the future at Stamford Bridge. “We have a lot of top players who are used to winning trophies. We’ll be ready next season,” Hazard told The London Evening Standard. “I think all of the players and the club want one thing and that’s to win the title. Of course, we will see if we can bring in some new players. But we will be focused on winning the title.” FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Lewandowski was the subject of a public reminder last June from Bayern that he had a contract until 2021, with the club clearly suggesting that they were aware a market was being created for the striker. Real Madrid have always been considered the first in the queue for the highly-rated Poland international but in the past two years the Champions League finalists have had to sell players in order to stay in profit and it is likely that they would have to do the same again to buy Lewandowski. Morata is now represented by Pini Zahavi, the Israeli agent who was such a key player in the acquisition of Roman Abramovich’s first Premier League-winning Chelsea team in the midpoint of the last decade. Bayern were robust in seeing off interest in the player last summer and he finished top of the Bundesliga goalscorers with 29 goals – almost twice as many as any other player in the league. The stand-off with Conte and his assistants continues this week with the compensation bill expected to top £10 million if Chelsea wish to move on the Italian and his sizeable entourage form the last year of his contract. As well as his brother Gianluca, Conte has built up an extensive group of coaches assistants, analysts and nutritionists.
Exclusive: Chelsea make Robert Lewandowski main summer target as they plan spending spree
Chelsea will push on with ambitious summer transfer plans despite the crisis that threatens to engulf owner Roman Abramovich, with the club making Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski their No 1 target. Abramovich’s visa application has been delayed, with the Government set to ask the Russian oligarch how he acquired his wealth if it is to be renewed. There is also huge uncertainty over the future of Antonio Conte, with both the manager and the club hopeful of a parting of the ways but Chelsea unprepared to pay the kind of compensation – at least £10 million – that it would cost to get rid of the Italian and his nine staff. Despite that upheaval, Chelsea are still trying to advance with a deal for Lewandowski, who they believe is ready for a move away from the German club and could cost in excess of £100 million. If Chelsea were successful in their pursuit of Lewandowski his fee would likely be offset by the sale of club-record signing Alvaro Morata, with the Spaniard struggling after he moved to Stamford Bridge for £68 million last summer. Roman Abramovich's uncertain future will not affect Chelsea's transfer plans Credit: Getty Images The 25-year-old did not even make the 23-man Spain squad named for the World Cup finals by Julien Lopetegui on Monday, having scored just three goals since the turn of the year. Shortly after the squad was announced, Morata tweeted: “Good luck at the World Cup! I will be supporting you and encouraging you right to the end, as always!” The striker’s club-mates Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso were also left out by Lopetegui, as was Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin. Although Lewandowski’s age is not ideal for the kind of hefty price Chelsea would have to pay – he turns 30 in August – he does fit the bill for a proven European goal-scorer and his arrival would also be a crucial way of persuading Eden Hazard, and Thibaut Courtois that Chelsea are serious about challenging again for the Premier League and the Champions League after a disappointing fifth-place finish. Both players are holding off on their contract renewals until they see firm evidence that the club are prepared to compete with rivals for the best players, although Hazard yesterday gave his strongest hint yet that he was looking to the future at Stamford Bridge. “We have a lot of top players who are used to winning trophies. We’ll be ready next season,” Hazard told The London Evening Standard. “I think all of the players and the club want one thing and that’s to win the title. Of course, we will see if we can bring in some new players. But we will be focused on winning the title.” FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Lewandowski was the subject of a public reminder last June from Bayern that he had a contract until 2021, with the club clearly suggesting that they were aware a market was being created for the striker. Real Madrid have always been considered the first in the queue for the highly-rated Poland international but in the past two years the Champions League finalists have had to sell players in order to stay in profit and it is likely that they would have to do the same again to buy Lewandowski. Morata is now represented by Pini Zahavi, the Israeli agent who was such a key player in the acquisition of Roman Abramovich’s first Premier League-winning Chelsea team in the midpoint of the last decade. Bayern were robust in seeing off interest in the player last summer and he finished top of the Bundesliga goalscorers with 29 goals – almost twice as many as any other player in the league. The stand-off with Conte and his assistants continues this week with the compensation bill expected to top £10 million if Chelsea wish to move on the Italian and his sizeable entourage form the last year of his contract. As well as his brother Gianluca, Conte has built up an extensive group of coaches assistants, analysts and nutritionists.
Chelsea will push on with ambitious summer transfer plans despite the crisis that threatens to engulf owner Roman Abramovich, with the club making Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski their No 1 target. Abramovich’s visa application has been delayed, with the Government set to ask the Russian oligarch how he acquired his wealth if it is to be renewed. There is also huge uncertainty over the future of Antonio Conte, with both the manager and the club hopeful of a parting of the ways but Chelsea unprepared to pay the kind of compensation – at least £10 million – that it would cost to get rid of the Italian and his nine staff. Despite that upheaval, Chelsea are still trying to advance with a deal for Lewandowski, who they believe is ready for a move away from the German club and could cost in excess of £100 million. If Chelsea were successful in their pursuit of Lewandowski his fee would likely be offset by the sale of club-record signing Alvaro Morata, with the Spaniard struggling after he moved to Stamford Bridge for £68 million last summer. Roman Abramovich's uncertain future will not affect Chelsea's transfer plans Credit: Getty Images The 25-year-old did not even make the 23-man Spain squad named for the World Cup finals by Julien Lopetegui on Monday, having scored just three goals since the turn of the year. Shortly after the squad was announced, Morata tweeted: “Good luck at the World Cup! I will be supporting you and encouraging you right to the end, as always!” The striker’s club-mates Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso were also left out by Lopetegui, as was Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin. Although Lewandowski’s age is not ideal for the kind of hefty price Chelsea would have to pay – he turns 30 in August – he does fit the bill for a proven European goal-scorer and his arrival would also be a crucial way of persuading Eden Hazard, and Thibaut Courtois that Chelsea are serious about challenging again for the Premier League and the Champions League after a disappointing fifth-place finish. Both players are holding off on their contract renewals until they see firm evidence that the club are prepared to compete with rivals for the best players, although Hazard yesterday gave his strongest hint yet that he was looking to the future at Stamford Bridge. “We have a lot of top players who are used to winning trophies. We’ll be ready next season,” Hazard told The London Evening Standard. “I think all of the players and the club want one thing and that’s to win the title. Of course, we will see if we can bring in some new players. But we will be focused on winning the title.” FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Lewandowski was the subject of a public reminder last June from Bayern that he had a contract until 2021, with the club clearly suggesting that they were aware a market was being created for the striker. Real Madrid have always been considered the first in the queue for the highly-rated Poland international but in the past two years the Champions League finalists have had to sell players in order to stay in profit and it is likely that they would have to do the same again to buy Lewandowski. Morata is now represented by Pini Zahavi, the Israeli agent who was such a key player in the acquisition of Roman Abramovich’s first Premier League-winning Chelsea team in the midpoint of the last decade. Bayern were robust in seeing off interest in the player last summer and he finished top of the Bundesliga goalscorers with 29 goals – almost twice as many as any other player in the league. The stand-off with Conte and his assistants continues this week with the compensation bill expected to top £10 million if Chelsea wish to move on the Italian and his sizeable entourage form the last year of his contract. As well as his brother Gianluca, Conte has built up an extensive group of coaches assistants, analysts and nutritionists.
Exclusive: Chelsea make Robert Lewandowski main summer target as they plan spending spree
Chelsea will push on with ambitious summer transfer plans despite the crisis that threatens to engulf owner Roman Abramovich, with the club making Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski their No 1 target. Abramovich’s visa application has been delayed, with the Government set to ask the Russian oligarch how he acquired his wealth if it is to be renewed. There is also huge uncertainty over the future of Antonio Conte, with both the manager and the club hopeful of a parting of the ways but Chelsea unprepared to pay the kind of compensation – at least £10 million – that it would cost to get rid of the Italian and his nine staff. Despite that upheaval, Chelsea are still trying to advance with a deal for Lewandowski, who they believe is ready for a move away from the German club and could cost in excess of £100 million. If Chelsea were successful in their pursuit of Lewandowski his fee would likely be offset by the sale of club-record signing Alvaro Morata, with the Spaniard struggling after he moved to Stamford Bridge for £68 million last summer. Roman Abramovich's uncertain future will not affect Chelsea's transfer plans Credit: Getty Images The 25-year-old did not even make the 23-man Spain squad named for the World Cup finals by Julien Lopetegui on Monday, having scored just three goals since the turn of the year. Shortly after the squad was announced, Morata tweeted: “Good luck at the World Cup! I will be supporting you and encouraging you right to the end, as always!” The striker’s club-mates Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso were also left out by Lopetegui, as was Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin. Although Lewandowski’s age is not ideal for the kind of hefty price Chelsea would have to pay – he turns 30 in August – he does fit the bill for a proven European goal-scorer and his arrival would also be a crucial way of persuading Eden Hazard, and Thibaut Courtois that Chelsea are serious about challenging again for the Premier League and the Champions League after a disappointing fifth-place finish. Both players are holding off on their contract renewals until they see firm evidence that the club are prepared to compete with rivals for the best players, although Hazard yesterday gave his strongest hint yet that he was looking to the future at Stamford Bridge. “We have a lot of top players who are used to winning trophies. We’ll be ready next season,” Hazard told The London Evening Standard. “I think all of the players and the club want one thing and that’s to win the title. Of course, we will see if we can bring in some new players. But we will be focused on winning the title.” FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Lewandowski was the subject of a public reminder last June from Bayern that he had a contract until 2021, with the club clearly suggesting that they were aware a market was being created for the striker. Real Madrid have always been considered the first in the queue for the highly-rated Poland international but in the past two years the Champions League finalists have had to sell players in order to stay in profit and it is likely that they would have to do the same again to buy Lewandowski. Morata is now represented by Pini Zahavi, the Israeli agent who was such a key player in the acquisition of Roman Abramovich’s first Premier League-winning Chelsea team in the midpoint of the last decade. Bayern were robust in seeing off interest in the player last summer and he finished top of the Bundesliga goalscorers with 29 goals – almost twice as many as any other player in the league. The stand-off with Conte and his assistants continues this week with the compensation bill expected to top £10 million if Chelsea wish to move on the Italian and his sizeable entourage form the last year of his contract. As well as his brother Gianluca, Conte has built up an extensive group of coaches assistants, analysts and nutritionists.
Roman Abramovich must explain how he acquired his fortune before he receives a new visa allowing him back into the UK. The oligarch, who owns Chelsea Football Club, has been forced to apply for a new investment visa after letting his previous one expire, The Telegraph understands. But new rules require him to pass a tougher visa test that includes proving that his funds were obtained lawfully. The Telegraph separately understands that the wealth of dozens of oligarchs is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of a wider crackdown. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Abramovich and nor that the NCA is delving into his finances. But the Home Office is demanding to know how Abramovich - who legend has it began his entrepreneurial career selling rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment - became a billionaire. Abramovich, 51, is Britain’s 13th richest man with a fortune estimated at £9 billion and is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. The refusal to grant a new visa - or at least delay it - will further raise tensions between London and Moscow. Abramovich’s dealings - like those of other oligarchs in the UK - are under scrutiny following the Kremlin-orchestrated nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in March. Abramovich, despite owning at least three homes in London, is currently barred from entering the UK because he no longer has a valid visa. Chelsea captain John Terry and Abramovich after winning the league title in 2005 He missed Chelsea win the FA Cup Final on Saturday although friends have pointed out he watches fewer Chelsea matches than he used to and has little interest in the FA Cup, preferring the Premier League and Champions League. His old Tier 1 investor visa, which ran for 40 months, expired while he was abroad, it is understood. As a result, Abramovich was forced to make an application for a new visa under tougher rules brought in in 2015, rather than the more simple process of renewing an existing visa. Theresa May’s spokesman, while declining to comment on Abramovich’s specific case, said yesterday: “The rules were tightened in 2014-15, that involved amongst other things... new powers were introduced to refuse where there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant is not in control of the funds; funds were obtained unlawfully or by conduct which would be unlawful in the UK; or the character, conduct and associations of the third party providing the funds in granting is not conducive to public good.” Abramovich at Chelsea at the start of the season Credit: Phil Cole Asked if somebody given a visa under the old system might be barred under the tougher new rules, the spokesman said: “The work is ongoing and I wouldn’t pre-empt it but it is a logical conclusion.” The difficulty faced by Abramovich is also privately being blamed on tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the attempted assassination of the Skripals that has caused delays in processing the Chelsea owner’s visa application and those of other wealthy Russians. Russia closed Britain’s St Petersburg consulate and expelled 23 diplomats. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment but Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are witnessing Britain’s rather unprecedented anti-Russian mania which is manifested in various ways. “I have no doubt that such actions won’t go unnoticed by investors from other countries. Many countries are working to improve their investment attractiveness and this I believe is a step in the opposite direction.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, also waded into the row, suggesting tougher sanctions could be on the way for Russians as part of a crackdown. Mr Johnson said the impact of American sanctions, which go further than those imposed by the EU, has been “very marked” and told journalists in Buenos Aires he has “noted” their success. Mr Johnson said: “The truth is actually that I think the effect of some of those sanctions [in the US] particularly on some individuals has been very marked and I’ve noted that.”
Roman Abramovich told to explain how he acquired his wealth before he gets new UK visa
Roman Abramovich must explain how he acquired his fortune before he receives a new visa allowing him back into the UK. The oligarch, who owns Chelsea Football Club, has been forced to apply for a new investment visa after letting his previous one expire, The Telegraph understands. But new rules require him to pass a tougher visa test that includes proving that his funds were obtained lawfully. The Telegraph separately understands that the wealth of dozens of oligarchs is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of a wider crackdown. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Abramovich and nor that the NCA is delving into his finances. But the Home Office is demanding to know how Abramovich - who legend has it began his entrepreneurial career selling rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment - became a billionaire. Abramovich, 51, is Britain’s 13th richest man with a fortune estimated at £9 billion and is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. The refusal to grant a new visa - or at least delay it - will further raise tensions between London and Moscow. Abramovich’s dealings - like those of other oligarchs in the UK - are under scrutiny following the Kremlin-orchestrated nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in March. Abramovich, despite owning at least three homes in London, is currently barred from entering the UK because he no longer has a valid visa. Chelsea captain John Terry and Abramovich after winning the league title in 2005 He missed Chelsea win the FA Cup Final on Saturday although friends have pointed out he watches fewer Chelsea matches than he used to and has little interest in the FA Cup, preferring the Premier League and Champions League. His old Tier 1 investor visa, which ran for 40 months, expired while he was abroad, it is understood. As a result, Abramovich was forced to make an application for a new visa under tougher rules brought in in 2015, rather than the more simple process of renewing an existing visa. Theresa May’s spokesman, while declining to comment on Abramovich’s specific case, said yesterday: “The rules were tightened in 2014-15, that involved amongst other things... new powers were introduced to refuse where there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant is not in control of the funds; funds were obtained unlawfully or by conduct which would be unlawful in the UK; or the character, conduct and associations of the third party providing the funds in granting is not conducive to public good.” Abramovich at Chelsea at the start of the season Credit: Phil Cole Asked if somebody given a visa under the old system might be barred under the tougher new rules, the spokesman said: “The work is ongoing and I wouldn’t pre-empt it but it is a logical conclusion.” The difficulty faced by Abramovich is also privately being blamed on tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the attempted assassination of the Skripals that has caused delays in processing the Chelsea owner’s visa application and those of other wealthy Russians. Russia closed Britain’s St Petersburg consulate and expelled 23 diplomats. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment but Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are witnessing Britain’s rather unprecedented anti-Russian mania which is manifested in various ways. “I have no doubt that such actions won’t go unnoticed by investors from other countries. Many countries are working to improve their investment attractiveness and this I believe is a step in the opposite direction.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, also waded into the row, suggesting tougher sanctions could be on the way for Russians as part of a crackdown. Mr Johnson said the impact of American sanctions, which go further than those imposed by the EU, has been “very marked” and told journalists in Buenos Aires he has “noted” their success. Mr Johnson said: “The truth is actually that I think the effect of some of those sanctions [in the US] particularly on some individuals has been very marked and I’ve noted that.”
Roman Abramovich must explain how he acquired his fortune before he receives a new visa allowing him back into the UK. The oligarch, who owns Chelsea Football Club, has been forced to apply for a new investment visa after letting his previous one expire, The Telegraph understands. But new rules require him to pass a tougher visa test that includes proving that his funds were obtained lawfully. The Telegraph separately understands that the wealth of dozens of oligarchs is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of a wider crackdown. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Abramovich and nor that the NCA is delving into his finances. But the Home Office is demanding to know how Abramovich - who legend has it began his entrepreneurial career selling rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment - became a billionaire. Abramovich, 51, is Britain’s 13th richest man with a fortune estimated at £9 billion and is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. The refusal to grant a new visa - or at least delay it - will further raise tensions between London and Moscow. Abramovich’s dealings - like those of other oligarchs in the UK - are under scrutiny following the Kremlin-orchestrated nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in March. Abramovich, despite owning at least three homes in London, is currently barred from entering the UK because he no longer has a valid visa. Chelsea captain John Terry and Abramovich after winning the league title in 2005 He missed Chelsea win the FA Cup Final on Saturday although friends have pointed out he watches fewer Chelsea matches than he used to and has little interest in the FA Cup, preferring the Premier League and Champions League. His old Tier 1 investor visa, which ran for 40 months, expired while he was abroad, it is understood. As a result, Abramovich was forced to make an application for a new visa under tougher rules brought in in 2015, rather than the more simple process of renewing an existing visa. Theresa May’s spokesman, while declining to comment on Abramovich’s specific case, said yesterday: “The rules were tightened in 2014-15, that involved amongst other things... new powers were introduced to refuse where there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant is not in control of the funds; funds were obtained unlawfully or by conduct which would be unlawful in the UK; or the character, conduct and associations of the third party providing the funds in granting is not conducive to public good.” Abramovich at Chelsea at the start of the season Credit: Phil Cole Asked if somebody given a visa under the old system might be barred under the tougher new rules, the spokesman said: “The work is ongoing and I wouldn’t pre-empt it but it is a logical conclusion.” The difficulty faced by Abramovich is also privately being blamed on tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the attempted assassination of the Skripals that has caused delays in processing the Chelsea owner’s visa application and those of other wealthy Russians. Russia closed Britain’s St Petersburg consulate and expelled 23 diplomats. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment but Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are witnessing Britain’s rather unprecedented anti-Russian mania which is manifested in various ways. “I have no doubt that such actions won’t go unnoticed by investors from other countries. Many countries are working to improve their investment attractiveness and this I believe is a step in the opposite direction.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, also waded into the row, suggesting tougher sanctions could be on the way for Russians as part of a crackdown. Mr Johnson said the impact of American sanctions, which go further than those imposed by the EU, has been “very marked” and told journalists in Buenos Aires he has “noted” their success. Mr Johnson said: “The truth is actually that I think the effect of some of those sanctions [in the US] particularly on some individuals has been very marked and I’ve noted that.”
Roman Abramovich told to explain how he acquired his wealth before he gets new UK visa
Roman Abramovich must explain how he acquired his fortune before he receives a new visa allowing him back into the UK. The oligarch, who owns Chelsea Football Club, has been forced to apply for a new investment visa after letting his previous one expire, The Telegraph understands. But new rules require him to pass a tougher visa test that includes proving that his funds were obtained lawfully. The Telegraph separately understands that the wealth of dozens of oligarchs is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of a wider crackdown. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Abramovich and nor that the NCA is delving into his finances. But the Home Office is demanding to know how Abramovich - who legend has it began his entrepreneurial career selling rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment - became a billionaire. Abramovich, 51, is Britain’s 13th richest man with a fortune estimated at £9 billion and is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. The refusal to grant a new visa - or at least delay it - will further raise tensions between London and Moscow. Abramovich’s dealings - like those of other oligarchs in the UK - are under scrutiny following the Kremlin-orchestrated nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in March. Abramovich, despite owning at least three homes in London, is currently barred from entering the UK because he no longer has a valid visa. Chelsea captain John Terry and Abramovich after winning the league title in 2005 He missed Chelsea win the FA Cup Final on Saturday although friends have pointed out he watches fewer Chelsea matches than he used to and has little interest in the FA Cup, preferring the Premier League and Champions League. His old Tier 1 investor visa, which ran for 40 months, expired while he was abroad, it is understood. As a result, Abramovich was forced to make an application for a new visa under tougher rules brought in in 2015, rather than the more simple process of renewing an existing visa. Theresa May’s spokesman, while declining to comment on Abramovich’s specific case, said yesterday: “The rules were tightened in 2014-15, that involved amongst other things... new powers were introduced to refuse where there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant is not in control of the funds; funds were obtained unlawfully or by conduct which would be unlawful in the UK; or the character, conduct and associations of the third party providing the funds in granting is not conducive to public good.” Abramovich at Chelsea at the start of the season Credit: Phil Cole Asked if somebody given a visa under the old system might be barred under the tougher new rules, the spokesman said: “The work is ongoing and I wouldn’t pre-empt it but it is a logical conclusion.” The difficulty faced by Abramovich is also privately being blamed on tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the attempted assassination of the Skripals that has caused delays in processing the Chelsea owner’s visa application and those of other wealthy Russians. Russia closed Britain’s St Petersburg consulate and expelled 23 diplomats. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment but Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are witnessing Britain’s rather unprecedented anti-Russian mania which is manifested in various ways. “I have no doubt that such actions won’t go unnoticed by investors from other countries. Many countries are working to improve their investment attractiveness and this I believe is a step in the opposite direction.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, also waded into the row, suggesting tougher sanctions could be on the way for Russians as part of a crackdown. Mr Johnson said the impact of American sanctions, which go further than those imposed by the EU, has been “very marked” and told journalists in Buenos Aires he has “noted” their success. Mr Johnson said: “The truth is actually that I think the effect of some of those sanctions [in the US] particularly on some individuals has been very marked and I’ve noted that.”
Roman Abramovich must explain how he acquired his fortune before he receives a new visa allowing him back into the UK. The oligarch, who owns Chelsea Football Club, has been forced to apply for a new investment visa after letting his previous one expire, The Telegraph understands. But new rules require him to pass a tougher visa test that includes proving that his funds were obtained lawfully. The Telegraph separately understands that the wealth of dozens of oligarchs is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of a wider crackdown. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Abramovich and nor that the NCA is delving into his finances. But the Home Office is demanding to know how Abramovich - who legend has it began his entrepreneurial career selling rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment - became a billionaire. Abramovich, 51, is Britain’s 13th richest man with a fortune estimated at £9 billion and is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. The refusal to grant a new visa - or at least delay it - will further raise tensions between London and Moscow. Abramovich’s dealings - like those of other oligarchs in the UK - are under scrutiny following the Kremlin-orchestrated nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in March. Abramovich, despite owning at least three homes in London, is currently barred from entering the UK because he no longer has a valid visa. Chelsea captain John Terry and Abramovich after winning the league title in 2005 He missed Chelsea win the FA Cup Final on Saturday although friends have pointed out he watches fewer Chelsea matches than he used to and has little interest in the FA Cup, preferring the Premier League and Champions League. His old Tier 1 investor visa, which ran for 40 months, expired while he was abroad, it is understood. As a result, Abramovich was forced to make an application for a new visa under tougher rules brought in in 2015, rather than the more simple process of renewing an existing visa. Theresa May’s spokesman, while declining to comment on Abramovich’s specific case, said yesterday: “The rules were tightened in 2014-15, that involved amongst other things... new powers were introduced to refuse where there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant is not in control of the funds; funds were obtained unlawfully or by conduct which would be unlawful in the UK; or the character, conduct and associations of the third party providing the funds in granting is not conducive to public good.” Abramovich at Chelsea at the start of the season Credit: Phil Cole Asked if somebody given a visa under the old system might be barred under the tougher new rules, the spokesman said: “The work is ongoing and I wouldn’t pre-empt it but it is a logical conclusion.” The difficulty faced by Abramovich is also privately being blamed on tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the attempted assassination of the Skripals that has caused delays in processing the Chelsea owner’s visa application and those of other wealthy Russians. Russia closed Britain’s St Petersburg consulate and expelled 23 diplomats. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment but Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are witnessing Britain’s rather unprecedented anti-Russian mania which is manifested in various ways. “I have no doubt that such actions won’t go unnoticed by investors from other countries. Many countries are working to improve their investment attractiveness and this I believe is a step in the opposite direction.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, also waded into the row, suggesting tougher sanctions could be on the way for Russians as part of a crackdown. Mr Johnson said the impact of American sanctions, which go further than those imposed by the EU, has been “very marked” and told journalists in Buenos Aires he has “noted” their success. Mr Johnson said: “The truth is actually that I think the effect of some of those sanctions [in the US] particularly on some individuals has been very marked and I’ve noted that.”
Roman Abramovich told to explain how he acquired his wealth before he gets new UK visa
Roman Abramovich must explain how he acquired his fortune before he receives a new visa allowing him back into the UK. The oligarch, who owns Chelsea Football Club, has been forced to apply for a new investment visa after letting his previous one expire, The Telegraph understands. But new rules require him to pass a tougher visa test that includes proving that his funds were obtained lawfully. The Telegraph separately understands that the wealth of dozens of oligarchs is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of a wider crackdown. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Abramovich and nor that the NCA is delving into his finances. But the Home Office is demanding to know how Abramovich - who legend has it began his entrepreneurial career selling rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment - became a billionaire. Abramovich, 51, is Britain’s 13th richest man with a fortune estimated at £9 billion and is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. The refusal to grant a new visa - or at least delay it - will further raise tensions between London and Moscow. Abramovich’s dealings - like those of other oligarchs in the UK - are under scrutiny following the Kremlin-orchestrated nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in March. Abramovich, despite owning at least three homes in London, is currently barred from entering the UK because he no longer has a valid visa. Chelsea captain John Terry and Abramovich after winning the league title in 2005 He missed Chelsea win the FA Cup Final on Saturday although friends have pointed out he watches fewer Chelsea matches than he used to and has little interest in the FA Cup, preferring the Premier League and Champions League. His old Tier 1 investor visa, which ran for 40 months, expired while he was abroad, it is understood. As a result, Abramovich was forced to make an application for a new visa under tougher rules brought in in 2015, rather than the more simple process of renewing an existing visa. Theresa May’s spokesman, while declining to comment on Abramovich’s specific case, said yesterday: “The rules were tightened in 2014-15, that involved amongst other things... new powers were introduced to refuse where there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant is not in control of the funds; funds were obtained unlawfully or by conduct which would be unlawful in the UK; or the character, conduct and associations of the third party providing the funds in granting is not conducive to public good.” Abramovich at Chelsea at the start of the season Credit: Phil Cole Asked if somebody given a visa under the old system might be barred under the tougher new rules, the spokesman said: “The work is ongoing and I wouldn’t pre-empt it but it is a logical conclusion.” The difficulty faced by Abramovich is also privately being blamed on tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the attempted assassination of the Skripals that has caused delays in processing the Chelsea owner’s visa application and those of other wealthy Russians. Russia closed Britain’s St Petersburg consulate and expelled 23 diplomats. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment but Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are witnessing Britain’s rather unprecedented anti-Russian mania which is manifested in various ways. “I have no doubt that such actions won’t go unnoticed by investors from other countries. Many countries are working to improve their investment attractiveness and this I believe is a step in the opposite direction.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, also waded into the row, suggesting tougher sanctions could be on the way for Russians as part of a crackdown. Mr Johnson said the impact of American sanctions, which go further than those imposed by the EU, has been “very marked” and told journalists in Buenos Aires he has “noted” their success. Mr Johnson said: “The truth is actually that I think the effect of some of those sanctions [in the US] particularly on some individuals has been very marked and I’ve noted that.”
Roman Abramovich must explain how he acquired his fortune before he receives a new visa allowing him back into the UK. The oligarch, who owns Chelsea Football Club, has been forced to apply for a new investment visa after letting his previous one expire, The Telegraph understands. But new rules require him to pass a tougher visa test that includes proving that his funds were obtained lawfully. The Telegraph separately understands that the wealth of dozens of oligarchs is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of a wider crackdown. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Abramovich and nor that the NCA is delving into his finances. But the Home Office is demanding to know how Abramovich - who legend has it began his entrepreneurial career selling rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment - became a billionaire. Abramovich, 51, is Britain’s 13th richest man with a fortune estimated at £9 billion and is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. The refusal to grant a new visa - or at least delay it - will further raise tensions between London and Moscow. Abramovich’s dealings - like those of other oligarchs in the UK - are under scrutiny following the Kremlin-orchestrated nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in March. Abramovich, despite owning at least three homes in London, is currently barred from entering the UK because he no longer has a valid visa. Chelsea captain John Terry and Abramovich after winning the league title in 2005 He missed Chelsea win the FA Cup Final on Saturday although friends have pointed out he watches fewer Chelsea matches than he used to and has little interest in the FA Cup, preferring the Premier League and Champions League. His old Tier 1 investor visa, which ran for 40 months, expired while he was abroad, it is understood. As a result, Abramovich was forced to make an application for a new visa under tougher rules brought in in 2015, rather than the more simple process of renewing an existing visa. Theresa May’s spokesman, while declining to comment on Abramovich’s specific case, said yesterday: “The rules were tightened in 2014-15, that involved amongst other things... new powers were introduced to refuse where there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant is not in control of the funds; funds were obtained unlawfully or by conduct which would be unlawful in the UK; or the character, conduct and associations of the third party providing the funds in granting is not conducive to public good.” Abramovich at Chelsea at the start of the season Credit: Phil Cole Asked if somebody given a visa under the old system might be barred under the tougher new rules, the spokesman said: “The work is ongoing and I wouldn’t pre-empt it but it is a logical conclusion.” The difficulty faced by Abramovich is also privately being blamed on tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the attempted assassination of the Skripals that has caused delays in processing the Chelsea owner’s visa application and those of other wealthy Russians. Russia closed Britain’s St Petersburg consulate and expelled 23 diplomats. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment but Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are witnessing Britain’s rather unprecedented anti-Russian mania which is manifested in various ways. “I have no doubt that such actions won’t go unnoticed by investors from other countries. Many countries are working to improve their investment attractiveness and this I believe is a step in the opposite direction.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, also waded into the row, suggesting tougher sanctions could be on the way for Russians as part of a crackdown. Mr Johnson said the impact of American sanctions, which go further than those imposed by the EU, has been “very marked” and told journalists in Buenos Aires he has “noted” their success. Mr Johnson said: “The truth is actually that I think the effect of some of those sanctions [in the US] particularly on some individuals has been very marked and I’ve noted that.”
Roman Abramovich told to explain how he acquired his wealth before he gets new UK visa
Roman Abramovich must explain how he acquired his fortune before he receives a new visa allowing him back into the UK. The oligarch, who owns Chelsea Football Club, has been forced to apply for a new investment visa after letting his previous one expire, The Telegraph understands. But new rules require him to pass a tougher visa test that includes proving that his funds were obtained lawfully. The Telegraph separately understands that the wealth of dozens of oligarchs is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of a wider crackdown. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Abramovich and nor that the NCA is delving into his finances. But the Home Office is demanding to know how Abramovich - who legend has it began his entrepreneurial career selling rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment - became a billionaire. Abramovich, 51, is Britain’s 13th richest man with a fortune estimated at £9 billion and is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. The refusal to grant a new visa - or at least delay it - will further raise tensions between London and Moscow. Abramovich’s dealings - like those of other oligarchs in the UK - are under scrutiny following the Kremlin-orchestrated nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in March. Abramovich, despite owning at least three homes in London, is currently barred from entering the UK because he no longer has a valid visa. Chelsea captain John Terry and Abramovich after winning the league title in 2005 He missed Chelsea win the FA Cup Final on Saturday although friends have pointed out he watches fewer Chelsea matches than he used to and has little interest in the FA Cup, preferring the Premier League and Champions League. His old Tier 1 investor visa, which ran for 40 months, expired while he was abroad, it is understood. As a result, Abramovich was forced to make an application for a new visa under tougher rules brought in in 2015, rather than the more simple process of renewing an existing visa. Theresa May’s spokesman, while declining to comment on Abramovich’s specific case, said yesterday: “The rules were tightened in 2014-15, that involved amongst other things... new powers were introduced to refuse where there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant is not in control of the funds; funds were obtained unlawfully or by conduct which would be unlawful in the UK; or the character, conduct and associations of the third party providing the funds in granting is not conducive to public good.” Abramovich at Chelsea at the start of the season Credit: Phil Cole Asked if somebody given a visa under the old system might be barred under the tougher new rules, the spokesman said: “The work is ongoing and I wouldn’t pre-empt it but it is a logical conclusion.” The difficulty faced by Abramovich is also privately being blamed on tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the attempted assassination of the Skripals that has caused delays in processing the Chelsea owner’s visa application and those of other wealthy Russians. Russia closed Britain’s St Petersburg consulate and expelled 23 diplomats. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment but Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are witnessing Britain’s rather unprecedented anti-Russian mania which is manifested in various ways. “I have no doubt that such actions won’t go unnoticed by investors from other countries. Many countries are working to improve their investment attractiveness and this I believe is a step in the opposite direction.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, also waded into the row, suggesting tougher sanctions could be on the way for Russians as part of a crackdown. Mr Johnson said the impact of American sanctions, which go further than those imposed by the EU, has been “very marked” and told journalists in Buenos Aires he has “noted” their success. Mr Johnson said: “The truth is actually that I think the effect of some of those sanctions [in the US] particularly on some individuals has been very marked and I’ve noted that.”
Da Zidane a Luis Garcia, tutti elogiano la stella d'Egitto alla vigilia della finale di Champions League
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Da Zidane a Luis Garcia, tutti elogiano la stella d'Egitto alla vigilia della finale di Champions League
Da Zidane a Luis Garcia, tutti elogiano la stella d'Egitto alla vigilia della finale di Champions League
Salah-mania, ecco cosa dicono di lui
Da Zidane a Luis Garcia, tutti elogiano la stella d'Egitto alla vigilia della finale di Champions League
Da Zidane a Luis Garcia, tutti elogiano la stella d'Egitto alla vigilia della finale di Champions League
Salah-mania, ecco cosa dicono di lui
Da Zidane a Luis Garcia, tutti elogiano la stella d'Egitto alla vigilia della finale di Champions League
Da Zidane a Luis Garcia, tutti elogiano la stella d'Egitto alla vigilia della finale di Champions League
Salah-mania, ecco cosa dicono di lui
Da Zidane a Luis Garcia, tutti elogiano la stella d'Egitto alla vigilia della finale di Champions League

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