Chelsea set to trigger €35m release clause for German full back

Chelsea are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen’s full back Benjamin Henrichs, according to reports.

The 21 year old has worked his way into the team after two seasons hard work, and the paper claim that while he signed a new deal last summer, it contains a £31m (€35m) release clause that will let the defender go if that sum is offered by another club.

It’s a huge amount to pay for a still young and relatively unproven player – similar to what the Blues forked out for Antonio Rudiger last summer, a defender with significant international and European experience – but that’s just the way the market is going.

Chelsea’s top option at right back at the moment is Victor Moses, who is backed up by Davide Zappacosta. Neither are totally convincing, and it’s perhaps not a surprise that the club are still looking for a long term upgrade in that area.

Russian billionaire Abramovich in Swiss court over debt case

Russian billionaire and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich has appeared in a Swiss court as part of a 19-year-old legal case aimed to wrest 46 million Swiss francs ($46 million) in debts allegedly owed by him and others to a European bank.

Abramovich was in Fribourg court as part of a lawsuit brought by the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development against Abramovich, Russian oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler, and the Russian energy company Gazprom Neft, a bank spokesman said Wednesday.

The suit aims to recover alleged debts left behind by Abramovich’s now-defunct Runicom trading firm, which was based in Switzerland until its bankruptcy in 2003.

The initial amount sought by EBRD was $17.5 million, but the claim has grown to $46 million to include interest and costs.

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