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French Authorities Have Seized Roman Abramovich’s Stunning Riviera Villa

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Château de la Croë the ­Chelsea FC owner’s luxury retreat in Cap d’Antibes was targeted in a raid on sanctioned individuals with links to Vladimir Putin.

Set in 12 acres of woodland, the elegant 12-bedroom mansion was once the south of France holiday home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and is worth £90million in today’s market.

The asset freezes were ­confirmed yesterday by the Finance Ministry in Paris.

‘There are 33 properties that have been frozen, including a dozen belonging to Abramovich,’ a ministerial source said.

‘They include homes, superyachts and helicopters, and add up to well over €25billion (£20billion).

‘It is all part of the programme of sanctions being brought against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.’

Abramovich, 55, reportedly spent £30million restoring the villa after he bought it in 2001, adding a swimming pool on the roof and a huge gym and home cinema in the basement.

Other properties seized include his sprawling estate on the Caribbean island of Saint-Barthélemy.

A close ally of the Russian president, he is thought to be ­currently staying in Moscow after being involved in several peace talks with Ukraine.

There was no immediate comment from Abramovich, who also had £5.4bn of linked assets frozen by the tiny Channel Island of Jersey.

Jersey Police searched premises believed to be connected to Mr Abramovich’s business activities on the island, which follows UK policy and sanctions the same people.

‘The Royal Court also imposed a formal freezing order on 12 April, known as a saisie judiciaire, over assets understood to be valued in excess of US$7bn which are suspected to be connected to Mr Abramovich and which are either located in Jersey or owned by Jersey incorporated entities,’ the Jersey Law Officers’ Department said.

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Opinion: Luton Town should join Swansea City in transfer pursuit of 21-year-old

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With Luton Town narrowly missing out on a trip to Wembley, following their 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town in the second leg of the play-off semi-finals, it has given Hatters fans to reflect on what truly has been an incredible campaign. 

Nathan Jones’ side have managed to battle through consistent injury issues and budgetary constraints, eventually securing sixth spot in the Championship.

By no means the ceiling for the Hatters, Jones has stated his eagerness to start the recruitment process already, in conversation with Luton Today.

One area the club could look at bolstering this summer is the left wing-back position. 

Amari’i Bell has proven to be an outstanding 2021 addition, however, he faces limited competition, and whilst Kal Naismith and Dan Potts can operate as a left wing-back, they are better suited to different roles. 

Subsequently, a more youthful, out-and-out wing-back option is the route that the Hatters could go down, with Royale Union Saint-Gilloise’s Matthew Sorinola being someone who could be considered by Jones and Co. 

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Impressing at MK Dons during the 2020/21 campaign, the exciting full-back arrived in Belgium last summer, appearing 14 times for the side chasing top-spot in the Country’s top flight. 

If the Hatters do target a move for the young defender, then they will face competition from Swansea City, as per a Football League World exclusive. 

Jones has previously stated his desire to have two players for every position in his squad, with Sorinola representing a player that would push Bell in search for first-team opportunities now, whilst he is also a player who could make a big impact in the future. 

Sorinola has shown lots of attacking intent over the last couple of seasons, displayed by his desire to drive at his opposition and create in the final third. 

He is also improving defensively, proving to be a tough opponent to come up against one-on-one, whilst he possesses the tenacity and grit that is required within a defensive backline. 

It would be no surprise if several clubs cast their eyes over the young defender this summer, considering the ability he has shown already and how high his ceiling is.

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8 Premier League players who West Brom should consider loaning in this summer

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West Brom will be hoping for better fortunes next season following a disastrous second half of the campaign.

The Baggies were in a prime position to compete for a promotion place under Valerien Ismael at the turn of the year.

But poor form and dressing room issues led to his dismissal at the end of January, leading to the appointment of Steve Bruce.

However, things went from bad to worse under the 61-year old who struggled to get a tune out of the team in his early days in charge of the side.

While form did eventually pick up, a lack of consistency from March onwards meant there was no chance the club could earn its way back into play-off contention.

That means focus quickly shifted to the summer transfer window, with a change in strategy seemingly on the cards.

Here are eight Premier League players that Albion should consider loaning in this summer… 

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