Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter to take over as the club's new manager and replace Thomas Tuchel, Sky Sports reported on Thursday.
Chelsea have signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, with the Gabon striker signing a two-year contract to seal a return to the Premier League.
On-field referee Anthony Taylor failed to spot Cristian Romero's hair pull on Marc Cucurella, with Dean this week admitting that he should have asked Taylor to visit the referee review area and check for a possible red card offence.
When asked if he would ever get a haircut to avoid a similar fate in the future, Cucurella grinned and told reporters: "No, no, never! This is my style."
Chelsea, who finished third last season, beat Everton in their Premier League opener.
That stellar forward line could have been bolstered further by the addition of Paulo Dybala but the Juventus striker opted to join former Inter boss Jose Mourinho at AS Roma.
Chelsea will reportedly pay 56 million pounds up front for Cucurella.
Andriy Shevchenko has a new goal to help raise funds for rebuilding his country following Russia's invasion.
Tuchel's comments come days after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claimed that "everyone" in England supported Juergen Klopp's Liverpool.
Chelsea said the new owners would pay 2.5 billion pounds to purchase shares.
Tuchel said their recruitment plans for next season are running behind schedule due to the uncertainty over the club's ownership, but added that the squad would require only "cosmetic surgery".
Third-placed Chelsea cannot afford another disappointing display this weekend as they try to move a step closer to sealing qualification for next season's Champions League.
Arsenal got off the mark when Eddie Nketiah pounced on a weak back pass by Christensen before slotting past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the 13th minute.
Christensen, reflecting on the first leg against Real, told Chelsea's website: "We have to try and turn it around but it's going to be difficult.
Chelsea were initially put up for sale by owner Roman Abramovich following Russia's invasion of Ukraine before sanctions were imposed on the oligarch by the British government, effectively giving it control of the club.
Holders Chelsea made light of their off-pitch problems to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Howe's side travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea, who will be playing their second game since the Russian billionaire's UK assets were frozen.
The Russian billionaire was one of seven oligarchs targeted Thursday by the UK government following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Sanctioned Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich cannot benefit from any sale of the club, Britain's minister in charge of sport, Nadine Dorries said.
Tuchel spoke warmly about the Russian's legacy at Chelsea.