Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is eager to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea supremo Todd Boehly by building a multi-club network over the coming months and years, according to reports. The latter has made no secret of his desire to create a system inspired by the City Football Group in order to make the most of Chelsea’s esteemed youth academy by aiding the development paths of their best young players.
There are currently ten other clubs within the City Football Group alongside Manchester City, with Italian outfit Palermo becoming the latest addition earlier this year. It seems as though Arsenal and Liverpool could soon follow suit by cultivating their own respective multi-team networks, with Kroenke and John Henry having joined Boehly in exploring the idea of adding clubs in Europe and elsewhere, according to The Guardian.
It is said that Boehly has already started to make contact with other clubs with a view to investing in them as part of a Chelsea-led network of sides from across the globe. The Blues owner has already been turned down by Brazilian heavyweights Santos but is believed to be keen on approaching clubs in the Belgian and Portuguese leagues in the not-too-distant future.
Kroenke, meanwhile, is also understood to have explored the possibility of acquiring clubs in Brazil, Belgium and Portugal. He already owns MLS outfit Colorado Rapids, while he is also heavily involved with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL as well as NHL team Colorado Avalanche.
Fenway Sports Group, the company that was co-founded by Henry and owns Liverpool, also has control over the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Henry is reportedly eager to add to his stable of teams by way of further investment in football clubs but it remains to be seen which regions and leagues he and his partners will target over the coming months.
It seems likely that Chelsea owner Boehly will be leading the charge in the Premier League with regards to building a global model of clubs after putting the wheels in motion in recent weeks. The American billionaire, who completed a multi-billion pound takeover of the Blues over the summer, recently underlined his desire to construct a network of teams when quizzed on the idea at the SALT Conference in New York.
“I think there’s different countries where there’s advantages to having a club, Red Bull have Salzburg and Leipzig in the Champions League,” explained Boehly.
“I want to continue building out the footprint. I think there’s different countries where there’s advantages to having a club. We know people and human capital, we understand game plans and strategies.
“We’re not expecting to be the football experts to find the best talent, we are going to put those people in place. The challenge that Chelsea has, when you have 18, 19, 20-year-old superstars, you can loan them out to clubs but you put their development in someone else’s hands.”
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