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Chelsea transfer supremo Marina Granovskaia is set to leave the club following last month's billionaire takeover by Todd Boehly.
Granovskaia is currently responsible for transfer negotiations at Stamford Bridge. But US billionaire Boehly looks set to get rid of one of former owner Roman Abramovich's most-trusted lieutenants as a regime change gets underway in west London.
The Russian-Canadian joined the club's board in 2013 and effectively took control of all player transfer and contracts. Last year she was named 'Best Club Director in European football' at the Golden Boy awards. But those responsibilities will now fall to Boehly himself, at least on a temporary basis.
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea's new owner has been negotiating Romelu Lukaku's return to Inter Milan, and has already given Thomas Tuchel greater say in terms of the club's business and contracts.
However, the Blues are yet to confirm Granovskaia’s future, with the Boehly-Clearlake consortium yet to confirm the exact structure of the club going forward.
It is understood that Chelsea will seek to appoint a new sporting director going forward, but in the immediate future Granovskaia's responsibilities will be handled by Boehly and Tuchel.
Granovskaia’s impending departure follows that of Bruce Buck, who agreed on Monday morning to stand down as chairman after 18 years.
"During Buck’s chairmanship, Chelsea solidified its position as one of the world’s elite football clubs and a globally recognised brand followed by millions," a club statement read. "In that time, the men’s team earned 18 major trophies (more than any other English club) while Chelsea FC Women won 12 major trophies.
"The club also grew its commercial revenues significantly, established world class training facilities at Cobham, and developed one of the best youth academies in football.
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"In 2010, Buck, as Trustee and Chairman, helped establish The Chelsea FC Foundation, which supports a broad range of initiatives including increasing access to youth athletics, hosting education and employment programmes, and leading anti-discrimination campaigns."
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