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Chelsea chief Todd Boehly is interested in buying Ligue 1 club Strasbourg

Todd Boehly wants to buy Ligue 1 club Strasbourg and has opened talks with their president Marc Keller, according to L’Equipe.

Chelsea’s owners had a meal with Keller to discuss their interest in buying the club and how to proceed. The outcome of the meeting is unknown.

Boehly has previously mentioned his admiration for the multi-club model. He praised Red Bull’s model with RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig and their sister clubs.

The LA Dodgers chief also talked about Manchester City and their clubs under the City Football Group banner.

Following Boehly’s comments, there were many links to purchasing clubs in Portugal, France and Belgium. But nothing materialised from those links.

After struggling with issues circa 2011, Strasbourg are relatively financially stable despite battling relegation this season.

They finished sixth last season under promising French coach Julien Stephan but dismissed him due to their poor form this term.

Mathieu Le Scornet and Frederic Antonetti have steered them out of the relegation zone, but they are only two points above Troyes.

Chelsea want to partner with Strasbourg and eventually take over the club to send players to Ligue 1 to develop. They have signed many rising talents and need a destination for them.

The Blues’ negotiations for the loan of Andrey Santos to Palmeiras recently broke down as the Brazilian club did not accept their decision to take him back in June.

This clause would not have been a problem if the Premier League club had a satellite club. They could send him on loan there and get him back whenever they want.

Apart from Strasbourg, the consortium is also trying to buy a German club for its network.

Chelsea’s owners have made the news with their spending since their takeover which may encourage Strasbourg to agree to a link-up.

However, they will be wary of Chelsea’s poor form and the massive disruption Boehly’s all-out style has caused.

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