The Daily Mail are tonight reporting that Chelsea will commit to a £2bn expansion of Stamford Bridge rather than attempting to move to another London site.
They say that Todd Boehly will make the final decision as soon as his summer.
The idea of a move up the road to Earl’s Court had bubbled up recently, but it has clearly now been discarded – whether that’s because of fan pressure or just because it’s economically unfeasible isn’t clear yet. This Mail piece says that potential fan objection to a move away from the site that has been Chelsea’s home since they were founded was never an issue because the site’s owners aren’t interested in having a stadium built there.
Club director Hugh Rosen headed up the Roman Abramovich redevelopment plans, meaning this new attempt will hopefully come together relatively quickly, with a lot of the work already done. It’s not clear how different the Boehly-Clearlake plans will be.