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Arsenal and Liverpool ‘join Chelsea in hoping to mimic Man City and become multi-club networks’

Arsenal and Liverpool join Chelsea in hopes of emulating Man City and becoming multi-club networks… as the trio’s American owners look to Brazil, Portugal and Belgium to start expanding their football portfolio.

  • Arsenal and Liverpool join Chelsea in pursuit of a multi-club network
  • The model was pioneered by the owners of Manchester City, City Football Group
  • Reports claim that Stan Kroenke and John W Henry want to expand their portfolio
  • It comes weeks after Chelsea owner Todd Boehle revealed his desire to expand
  • The City Football Group, formed by city owner Sheikh Mansour, owns 11 football clubs
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Arsenal and Liverpool owners have reportedly joined Chelsea’s Todd Boehle in seeking to create a “multi-club network” very similar to the one created by Manchester City’s owners, City Football Group.

It comes weeks after Chelsea owner Bohle revealed his desire for a “multi-club model” and is understood to have held preliminary discussions with the purchase of a Portuguese side earlier this month.

It now appears that Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke and his Liverpool counterpart John W Henry are exploring the option of expanding the football club’s portfolio in the near future, according to The Guardian.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is looking to do the same

Arsenal owner Stan Kronk (right) and Liverpool owner John W Henry (left) have reportedly joined Chelsea in their desire to create a “multi-club network” like Manchester City’s.

It comes weeks after Chelsea owner Todd Buhle (pictured) revealed his desire to expand

It comes weeks after Chelsea owner Todd Buhle (pictured) revealed his desire to expand

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City Football Group, formed in 2013 as City owner Sheikh Mansour, owns 11 football clubs around the world with its most recent addition in July when it acquired a majority stake in Serie A club Palermo.

Palermo have joined City, New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama F Marinos, Montevideo City Torque, Girona, Sichuan Junio, Mumbai City, Lummel SC and Troyes under the CFG banner and now Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are looking to do the same.

Kroenke, who already owns the Colorado Rapids in the MLS with the La Rams among others, is said to have already considered buying clubs in Brazil, Belgium and Portugal.

Meanwhile, Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox baseball team as well as the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins, is looking to expand its football portfolio.

Buhle has made no secret that he wants to create a new multi-club network while he praised Red Bull Football Group and CFG for pioneering the idea.

The City Football Group, led by Sheikh Mansour (right), owns 11 football clubs around the world

The City Football Group, led by Sheikh Mansour (right), owns 11 football clubs around the world

“We will constantly add resources,” Buhle said at the SALT conference earlier this month. We’ve talked about having a multi-club model. I would like to continue building the footprint. There are different countries where there are advantages to owning a club.

CITY FOOTBALL GROUP

Manchester City (England)

Girona (Spain)

Melbourne City (Australia)

New York City (USA)

Mumbai (India)

Sichuan Junyu (China)

Montevideo City Torque (Uruguay)

Yokoham Marinos (Japan)

Lommel SK (Belgium)

Troyes (France)

“Red Bull are doing really well in Leipzig and Salzburg, both of which are in the Champions League, so they figured out how to achieve that. You have Man City who have a very large network of clubs.

He added: ‘I think the challenge for Chelsea now, or one of them, is that when you have 18, 19 and 20-year-olds, you can loan them to other clubs but you put their development in someone else’s hands.

“I think our goal is to make sure that we can show paths for our young stars to get to Chelsea while we get them in real time. For me, the way to do that is through another club somewhere in a really competitive league in Europe.

Having held talks with a Portuguese club regarding the acquisition of a majority stake, Boehly He is known to have had preliminary discussions with the club’s academy director Neil Bath and his senior agent Jorge Mendes, who is Portuguese, earlier this summer.

During the talks, it is believed that the concept of buying a Portuguese club was discussed.

Such a move would enable Stamford Bridge FC to send their promising young talents to secure valuable first-team football but continue under the Chelsea umbrella.

Buhli had preliminary discussions about Chelsea buying a Portuguese club in the summer

Buhli had preliminary discussions about Chelsea buying a Portuguese club in the summer

It is understood that Bath was working to determine the most suitable club for the club to recruit as a sister team.

Mendes’ contacts in Portugal will make the broker a suitable channel to facilitate the deal if Chelsea decide to take a formal approach to the club.

Boehly believes that Portugal represents a good opportunity to expand Chelsea’s global footprint due to its position as one of the top five recognized divisions outside Europe.

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