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Marina Granovskaia will leave Chelsea this summer after pocketing a bonus worth a reported £20million.
Todd Boehly officiallycompleted his takeoverfrom Roman Abramovich on May 30 and it initially appeared as though the American would opt for continuity behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge. However, the new ownership consortium are now clearing house in the boardroom, with director Granovskaia and chairman Bruce Buck set to leave the club.
Chelsea announced on Monday morning that Buck will step down to become an advisor on June 30, bringing to an end his 19-year stint in the club’s top role under Abramovich.Granovskaia is to followthe American lawyer out of the front door this summer, with Boehly opting to reorganise the Chelsea hierarchy.
Both are to receive a golden handshake from Boehly and his backers Clearlake Capital, withThe Timesreporting that Granovskaia will take with her a £20m bonus for her work getting the £4.25bn takeover completed. That is in addition to her seven-figure salary, with overall bonuses reaching £50m when Buck and other senior staff are taken into consideration.
Granovskaia has been a key player behind the scenes at Chelsea since joining the club in 2010 and becoming a director in 2013. The 47-year-old Canadian-Russian is a firm Abramovich ally, having followed the oligarch to Chelsea from Russian oil company Sibneft, where they met in 1997.
Although she has never given an interview and therefore retains an element of mystery, Granovskaia has developed a reputation for her work on transfers. The Blues director has effectively been running the club over the past few years and was named as the best club director in European football at the Golden Boy awards in December.
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Despite her reputation and award, Granovskaia has her fair share of missteps. She oversaw the disastrous £97.5m deal for Romelu Lukaku last summer, which appears to be a decision that will taint her spell at the helm of the club.
Chelsea are now desperately trying to offload their record signing and are in negotiations with Inter Milan to send the Belgian striker back to Italy. However, Inter are unwilling to pay all of his £325,000-a-week wages and the £10m loan fee which Chelsea are insisting upon.
Getting rid of Lukaku could well define Chelsea’s window, with the additions of priority target Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele perhaps dependent on his departure. Manchester City are seeking £60m for Sterling, while Dembele could move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.
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