Chelsea are ‘keen to buy feeder clubs across Europe to help player development’


Chelsea are ‘keen to buy feeder clubs across Europe to help player development’ as Todd Boehly looks to continue his restructuring job at Stamford Bridge by following in Manchester City’s footsteps

  • Chelsea are reportedly keen to set up a network of feeder clubs in a restructure
  • Todd Boehly and the Blues new ownership are looking to revamp the entire club
  • The Blues board of directors have been studying business models of other clubs
  • Chelsea will follow in the footsteps of rivals Manchester City using feeder clubs 

Chelsea are reportedly keen to set up a network of feeder clubs, similar to Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Blues’ new owners led by American businessman Todd Boehly are looking to revamp the whole structure of the club at Stamford Bridge, including the development of younger players.

Boehly and his board of directors have been studying business models of other teams and one area that they’ve has seen as an opportunity to improve is spreading out their scouting and development plans across Europe and beyond. 

Todd Boehly continues to revamp Chelsea, as he looks to buy feeder clubs across Europe

The medium to long term plan is for Chelsea to buy stakes in continental teams with a view to them becoming ‘feeder’ clubs for the Blues, according to The Sun.

Chelsea will use this structure to cherry pick top talent from across the world and their academy to then send out on loan to other clubs. In a bid to help them develop players into future first-team squad members.

The move would be following in the footsteps of Manchester City. The City Football Group has invested in various clubs globally.

Chelsea will use the structure to help pick and develop players ready for the first-team

Chelsea will use the structure to help pick and develop players ready for the first-team 

In Europe there are links with Troyes in France, Lommel SK in Belgium, Girona in Spain and Italy’s Palermo.

Elsewhere they have interests with Melbourne FC in Australia, Montevideo City in Uruguay, Yokohama Marinos in Japan’s J-League and New York City FC.

Boehly has already begun his restructuring of the club catered to more long-term stability.

The initial first 100-day analysis of the new regime is that, despite the 2021 Champions League win, they are far behind Manchester City and they want to catch up. The £250million spent this summer is designed to accelerate that.

But there is more work to be done. Commercial and sponsorship departments are being strengthened, co-ordinated by the Tom Glick, the new president of business, whose previous job was president of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, where he helped upgrade the impressive Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, a trick he will now be expected to repeat at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea have already moved to bring in Graham Potter to replace the sacked Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea have already moved to bring in Graham Potter to replace the sacked Thomas Tuchel

He has also been chief commercial officer of City Football Group and was CEO of Derby.

Graham Potter has been appointed as the new head coach, replacing Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked earlier this week.

A sporting director will follow soon. It is less likely to be Michael Edwards, the former Liverpool sporting director. He had been in discussions with Chelsea but seems to favour taking more time to plot his next move. 

Paul Mitchell at Monaco is the kind of candidate the club might go for but interviews are ongoing while PSG football advisor Luis Campos has also been linked with the job.

The relationship with Potter will be key and the new executive will have to work with Kyle Macauley, who has been Potter’s eyes and ears as his own head of recruitment since his time at Ostersunds. 

The Blues are hopeful of bringing in a sporting director, with Luis Campos a potential target

The Blues are hopeful of bringing in a sporting director, with Luis Campos a potential target

The club will have balance the needs of the coach with their own long-term desires. 

They are clearly hoping those two visions will coincide. But the necessity of the sporting director appointment is fully appreciated by Boehly, who stepped into the role in the summer but is said to have no desire to continue. 

Now it remains to be seen whether Potter is the man they think he is. Certainly Boehly and Eghbali want to invest in youth and Potter would seem ideal for that. 

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