The Chelsea Football Group: Todd Boehly to buy second club, with Blues following the Red Bull model

Chelsea owner Todd Boely during the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup Final match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on March 05, 2023 in London, England.
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Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly is set to purchase a new club, as the Blues expand their portfolio.

Last season, a consortium led by Todd Boehly, chairman and CEO of Eldridge, and Clearlake Capital Group acquired Chelsea following the club being put under government sanctions. The Blues have since spent around £600 million under the new ownership in the transfer market. 

Still not content with his work so far, however, Boehly wants to scale up his ambitions – and has put plans in place to buy a second club. 

Chelsea's players celebrate with teammate Wesley Fofana after he scored their side's goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on 4 March, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.

Christopher Nkunku will be joining Chelsea this summer… despite the club failing to confirm it themselves (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

According to Ed Aarons and Romain Molina, the American businessman is about to buy Strasbourg in Ligue 1. 

Lyon, Sochaux and Bordeaux were also on the list of potential French clubs that Boehly was interested in purchasing, apparently, with the west Londoners set to grow their influence with a 'Red Bull'-style group of football clubs. 

Chelsea have a long-standing relationship with Vitesse in the Eredivisie, sending academy prospects to the Dutch club – but the Blues don't actually own the club. The Vites were sold to Georgian businessman Merab Jordania in 2010, however, with rumours that the purchase was engineered by former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Manchester City, meanwhile, have a number of clubs in their City Football Group, including New York City FC, Melbourne City, Yokohama F. Marinos, Girona and another Ligue 1 side, Troyes.

Mason Mount of Vitesse Arnhem in action during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Vitesse and OGC Nice at on December 7, 2017 in Arnhem, Netherlands

Vitesse have been an affiliate of Chelsea for a few years (Image credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

In the last year, Chelsea have appointed former head of scouting at RB Leipzig Laurence Stewart and Christopher Vivell, formerly of Red Bull Salzburg. This certainly suggests that Boehly would like to build a similar network to the one that has worked so well for the energy drink company.

The Blues currently 10th in the table.

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.