The transfer window may be closed but Chelsea’s owners are already ready to splash the cash again.
The Blues co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Todd Boehly may now expand their football club portfolio and acquire a stake in Sporting Lisbon.
That’s despite already forking out a whopping £1billion on Chelsea players alone since taking over in May last year.
According to The Telegraph, there are serious plans to take a minority stake in the Primeira Liga giants, who are currently third in the league.
The Eghbali-Boehly consortium recently took a majority stake in Ligue Un club Strasbourg with a view to use it to develop their players, putting in £65m in the process.
However, given Sporting are 19-time Portuguese football champions and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup winners, Boehly getting them to be become a part of a multi-club model right now could be a bridge too far.
There is a an ‘acceptance’ that Sporting can’t be expected to be treated like a smaller European club desperate for investment.
Chelsea’s co-owners see these clubs as ‘pathways’, either to the Blues first team or to a sale to generate financial fair play compliant funds.
Aside from looking to expand their sports empire, over the summer the Blues chiefs were also focusing on how to achieve a ‘100 point team’.
The Telegraph say the owners were ‘continuously thinking about what that 100-point team looks like. And putting together the right players who will make that 100 point team.’
The Blues are currently 12th in the Premier League, the same position they finished in last season, taking four points in four games under new boss Mauricio Pochettino.
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