Chelsea ‘enter talks to buy a stake in Ligue 1 side Strasbourg’, after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin refused to rule out allowing owners to own multiple clubs in the same tournament
- UEFA prevent clubs with the same owner from playing in the same competition
- Aleksander Ceferin has admitted the governing body may change the rules
- Chelsea are ‘currently in talks with Strasbourg’ over a potential takeover
Chelsea ‘are interested in buying a stake in Ligue 1 club Strasbourg’, after indications from UEFA that multi-club owning rules may be relaxed.
The body’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, hinted earlier this week that they would ‘not just say no’ to owners looking to buy another club.
It comes after concerns were raised over both parties bidding to buy Manchester United, with Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group owning Nice and Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani linked with Qatar Sports Investments, which owns French champions PSG.
The change of attitude from UEFA could benefit another Premier League club, with the Guardian reporting that Chelsea have ‘intensified discussions’ with Strasbourg over a ‘full or partial takeover’ of the French side.
They also claim the club has appointed a new president of business, Tom Glick, to ‘take charge of the process’ after various French clubs ‘turned down approaches’.
Chelsea have ‘entered talks with Strasbourg’ as they look to buy a stake in the French club
Chelsea Co-Owner and President Todd Boehly has been interested in multi-club ownership for some time
Co-Owner and Chairman Todd Boehly has been keen on a multi-club model for some time, and revealed in September a plan to help the Blues develop their young players by loaning them to affiliated clubs.
‘We’ve talked about having a multi-club model,’ Boehly told the Salt Conference, ‘I would love to continue to build out the footprint.
‘I think the challenge that Chelsea has now, or one of them, is that when you have 18-, 19-, 20-year-old superstars, you can loan them out to other clubs but you put their development in someone else’s hands.
‘To me the way to do that is through another club somewhere in a really competitive league in Europe.’
Boehly’s ambitions are likely to be boosted by Ceferin’s recent comments, which appeared to open the door to multi-club ownership models.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin revealed multi-club ownership rules may be changed
Manchester United have received bids from Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe, both of whom have interests in other European clubs
Speaking to Gary Neville’s Overlap YouTube channel earlier this week, the UEFA president said: ‘We’ve had five or six owners of clubs who want to buy another club. We have to see what to do.
‘We shouldn’t just say no for the investments for multi-club ownership, but we have to see what kind of rules we set in that case, because the rules have to be strict.
‘From one point of view it’s true if you are the owner of two clubs and they play in the same competition you can say to one club to lose because you want the other to win.
‘But for you, as a football player, do you think it’s so easy to do that, to tell a coach, lose the match because the other wants to win?’
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