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Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of more than £300m when he died in “tragic and mysterious” circumstances, the High Court heard today.

The ten best big money transfer targets

Manchester City may not have made it into the Champions League, but that won't stop their hugely ambitious owners from spending big during this summer's transfer window.

Art, and a Russian revolution

Soviet and modern Russian paintings are in demand at auctions across the world

Ballack relaxed about Chelsea future

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack remains relaxed about his contract situation and admits he is not alone in wondering if he will still be at Stamford Bridge next season.

Abramovich loses legal battle over £2bn claim

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich lost a bid to dismiss a £2 billion claim against him by fellow Russian oligarch and former business partner Boris Berezovsky today.

Grant praises players' generosity

Avram Grant revealed yesterday that his Portsmouth club's players and coaching team are paying the wages of four members of the training ground staff. The contrast with Roman Abramovich's bankrolled Chelsea, who Pompey meet at Fratton Park tonight, could not be starker.

Ancelotti not considering player clear out

Carlo Ancelotti insists it is far too early to talk about a summer clear out at Stamford Bridge following Chelsea's Champions League exit to Inter Milan.

Roman Abramovich wins pay-out over gambling claim

Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich accepted a public apology and substantial libel damages at the High Court today over false newspaper allegations that he had a serious gambling problem.

Costliest street sees prices rise £300,000 in year

The average cost of a home in the most expensive street in England and Wales has soared by £300,000 in a year.

Prices surge in 'most expensive street'

The average cost of a home in the most expensive street in England and Wales has soared by £300,000 during the past year, research showed today.

Chelsea almost debt free

Roman Abramovich has all but wiped out Chelsea's £340m debt, according to financial figures released by the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Terry expects Chelsea signings in January

Captain John Terry expects Chelsea to make the most of the January transfer window.

Everton turn down £14m Chelsea bid to lure rising star Rodwell

Chelsea have made their first significant move since their transfer embargo was suspended by making a preliminary £14m offer for the Everton teenager Jack Rodwell, which has been rejected by the Merseyside club.

Mark Fleming: Gourlay gambles with fans feelings

Ron Gourlay's idea of selling the name of their Stamford Bridge ground to the highest bidder is a brave plan. It risks alienating supporters who fear it will provide ammunition to rival fans, who say Chelsea have no history. However, it is a proposal that does make commercial sense.

Cole: Chelsea must rule Europe to sit at the top table

The Champions League remains the only trophy to have eluded the all-conquering wallet of the club's sugar- daddy owner, Roman Abramovich, and Joe Cole yesterday admitted Chelsea will never be as big a club as Manchester United until they win it.

Odd couple on course for big time at Cardiff

Take a look at Cardiff City's impressive start to the season and you can't help but acknowledge that it has more than a little to do with the ongoing relationship between the club's chairman and manager.

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