Nizaar Kinsella: Chelsea plan to buy Portimonense

2022-09-30 17:53

Nizaar Kinsella: Chelsea plan to buy Portimonense

Chelsea is interested in acquiring Portimonense, a century-old club from the Portuguese Super League, as a satellite club of the Blues, the London Evening Standard reported on Thursday.

Chelsea's team reporter Nizaar Kinsella revealed in the London Evening Standard that the club's owner, American businessman Todd Boehly has entered into talks with Portimonense to buy all or part of the club ownership. It is reported that Portugal's super agent Jorge Mendes is also involved.

Boehly's move is aimed at establishing a "multi-club model", following the example of City Football Group and Red Bull Football Group. Earlier this month, Boehly told the SALT Symposium in the US that he wanted to build a "global network of satellite clubs" to continue to expand Chelsea's reach. "Having a club in a different country is an advantage. Red Bull has done a great job, Manchester City has a very large club network," he said.

"We aim to make sure that we can provide young stars with a way into the Chelsea pitch while giving them real game time. To do that we have to go through another club in a top European league."

However, Chelsea's grand plans faced setbacks as soon as they started. Before negotiating with Portimonense, Boehly had been rejected by Sochaux (Ligue 2) and Santos (Brazil). Chelsea is also exploring the possibility of acquiring a Belgian club.