Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is looking to purchase a Portuguese team after talks with agent Jorge Mendes.
The American billionaire is holding talks over a potential buy-out after publicly describing Portugal as the ‘perfect place’ to develop players.
Boehly, 48, spoke at a conference in New York about his admiration for multi-club models used by Manchester City and Red Bull saying he ‘would love’ to build the Blues’ portfolio.
And The Telegraph are now reporting that a deal is in the pipeline after Boehly and academy manager Neil Bath discussed the subject with Mendes back in June.
Speaking at SALT New York, the LA Dodgers owner said: “We’ve talked about having a multi-club model, I would love to continue to build out the footprint.
“There’s different countries where there are advantages to having a club. Red Bull does a really good job at Leipzig and they’ve got Salzburg, both of which are playing in the Champions League so they’ve figured out how to make that work. You have Man City which has a very big network of clubs.
“The challenge Chelsea has, when you have 18, 19, 20-year-old stars, you can loan them out to clubs but you hand their development to someone else.
“Our goal is to ensure we show pathways for our young stars to get on to the Chelsea pitch while getting them real game time. The way to do that is through another club in a really competitive league in Europe.”
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Along with Salzburg and Leipzig, Red Bull own teams in the US and Brazil and have both a network of players and scouts, culminating in a first trophy for Leipzig last year when they claimed the DFB-Pokal.
The quality of scouting has seen a number of hugely talented stars produced such as Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane, and his club manager Julian Nagelsmann.
Red Bull previously attempted to purchase Leeds United in the past, and more recently C.D. Aves in Portugal, with Boehly labelling the country as his ideal location.
He continued: “Because of Brexit you also have to think about ‘how am I going to get them into England?’ We need GBEs [Governing Body Endorsements] which are basically points that you get for playing in different leagues and the more points you get the more caps you play, the more national teams you play, it’s easier to immigrate.
“We have 10 or 11 players right now that are either on loan or controlled by us or we have the right to buy them back or they’re playing for our team and they came from our academy.
“So what we really need is a place to put our 18, 19, 20-year-olds, to develop them somewhere in Portugal or Belgium, somewhere like that, to get them the points they need and also get them out of South America into Portugal which is a perfect place for example, we think, to then get them on the pitch in Chelsea.”