The UK government are happy, in principle, with the four preferred bidders to buy Chelsea football club.
The candidates on the shortlist have until Thursday of this week to make their final offers, and then there will be a further delay whilst various checks on the individuals behind the bids are conducted, although now these do not seem they will take as long as first anticipated.
However, it means that there is an increased likelihood that it will be known before the end of the season who the new owners will be, and the club can begin operating normally again, without the need to operate under special licence as is the case currently. .
That will mean that plans for the summer transfer window, which have had to be shelved, can be dusted down again and contract negotiations can resume with some of the players that they would like to keep at Stamford Bridge.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.