Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is looking to buy a Portuguese side after talks with agent Jorge Mendes.
The US billionaire is in talks over a possible takeover after publicly describing Portugal as ‘the perfect place’ to develop players.
Boehly, 48, spoke at a conference in New York about his admiration for the multi-club models used by Manchester City and Red Bull, saying he would “love” to build the Blues portfolio.
And The Telegraph is now reporting that a deal is in the works after Boehly and academy director Neil Bath discussed the matter with Mendes in June.
Speaking to SALT New York, the LA Dodgers owner said: “We’ve talked about having a multi-club model, I’d like to continue to grow the footprint.
“There are different countries where there are advantages to having a club. Red Bull is doing a very good job in Leipzig and they have Salzburg, who both play in the Champions League, so they have figured out how to ensure that it works. You have Man City who have a very large network of clubs.
“Chelsea’s challenge, when you have 18, 19, 20-year-old stars, you can loan them to clubs but you entrust their development to someone else.
“Our aim is to make sure we show pathways for our young stars to get onto the Chelsea pitch while giving them real playing 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 have teams in the United States and Brazil and have both a network of players and scouts, culminating in a first trophy for Leipzig last year when they won 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 have tried to buy Leeds United in the past, and more recently CD Aves in Portugal, with Boehly calling the country their ideal location.
He continued: ‘Because of Brexit you also have to think about ‘how am I going to get them into England? We need GBE [Governing Body Endorsements] which are basically points you get by playing in different leagues and the more points you get, the more selections you play, the more national teams you play, the easier it is to immigrate.
“We currently have 10 or 11 players who are either on loan, or under our control, or we have the right to buy them out, or they play for our team and they come 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. in Portugal which is a perfect place for example, we think, to then bring them onto the pitch at Chelsea.