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Chelsea have sacked their commercial director amid sexual harassment claims and X-rated tweets just two weeks after appointing him.
The Blues confirmed Damian Willoughby’s dismissal after football finance agent Catalina Kim provided “evidence of inappropriate messages”.
According to The Telegraph, Kim produced texts showing that Willoughby asked if she was naked and introduced sex as a subject, whilst he also posted an alleged sexually-explicit video.
She also said he suggested he would arrange a meeting with Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano if she agreed to be “naughty”.
The West Londoners dismissed Willoughby after Kim alerted the club’s president of business Tom Glick about conduct dating back to before he was brought in as a senior executive earlier in September.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have turned their attention to bringing in Leeds’ Victor Orta or Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten as new sporting director.
Christoph Freund has confirmed that he has snubbed the Blues’ bid to stay at Red Bull Salzburg.
Now a fresh report from The Telegraph claims new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has two other targets in mind.
The report suggests that “Steidten is among those Chelsea are set to talk to” about the vacant job.
While “the merits of Leeds director of football Orta are understood to have been discussed” by the West Londoners’ hierarchy “along with others” being considered.
And five clubs have been embroiled in an intense bidding war for Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.
According to The Athletic, Manchester United, Chelsea, City and Liverpool are eager to sign Bellingham while Real Madrid retain a strong interest.
But Dortmund are demanding at least £130million for the midfielder which would make him the most expensive English player of all-time as he would surpass Jack Grealish and his £100m move to City last year.
Finally, six clubs are keeping tabs on Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk ahead of the January transfer window.
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool and Sevilla are ready to test the waters for Mudryk, who is also a top target for Arsenal.
Meanwhile CBS Sports’ transfer expert Ben Jacobs has stated that as well as the Gunners and Sevilla, Newcastle, Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen are weighing up moves for the winger.
The Ukraine international has even talked up a switch to the Emirates after insisting he “can’t say no to Arsenal”, but stressed the club has to reach a deal with Shakhtar first